Bahrain frees female activist
MANAMA: Bahraini authorities released rights activist Zainab Al-Khawaja from prison yesterday after she served a two-month jail term for destroying government property, her lawyer told AFP.
“Zainab is free and she is home with her family,” Mohammed Al-Jishi said adding that she was supposed to be released yesterday, when her two-month sentence came to an end. He said she was released “after orders from the attorney general.”
Zainab, daughter of prominent activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja who is serving a life sentence for plotting against the state, was arrested while protesting on Aug. 2. She was sentenced to two months in prison for destroying property belonging to the Ministry of Interior, said Jishi.
In May she was released after serving a one month jail term for attacking a policewoman at a demonstration. She has also paid a 200 dinars ($530) fine for having insulted a police officer.
According to Jishi, Zainab will have to return to court today to face charges of “illegal assembly” that date back to February.
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