Bahrain: Opposition activist Zainab al-Khawaja sentenced to one month in prison

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A Bahraini court sentenced Zainab al-Khawaja, daughter of prominent dissident Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, to a month in prison on Thursday for assaulting a policewoman and taking part in an illegal rally.

The young woman was arrested last month after she tried to stage a lone protest in the capital of Manama. The court said she obstructed traffic by sitting in the middle of the main King Faisal Road in Manama and that she assaulted a policewoman who tried to disperse the rally.

Al-Khawaja was fined earlier this week "for insulting a public servant."

Her father, founder of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, has been condemned to a life sentence over his involvement in last year's uprising. He has been on hunger strike for more than three months.

A court of Cassation ordered last month the retrial of 21 activists including Al-Khawaja. The prominent activist appeared in court on Tuesday where he claimed that him and others suffered abuses and torture in custody and demanded their release.

The Gulf kingdom has been experiencing turmoil for more than a year. The Shi'ite community, which constitutes the majority of the Bahraini population, say they feel marginalized by the Sunni ruling family and demand democratic reforms. According to activists more than 80 people have died in the country's uprising which started in February last year.

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