Bahrain: Three years in jail for activist for “insulting the king”
Zainab Al-Khawaja was on trial for ripping up a photo of King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa
05 Dec 14

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Bahraini human rights activist Zainab Al-Khawaja has been sentenced to three years in prison for “insulting the king”.

The verdict was handed down by a Manama court on Thursday, and also included a fine of 3,000 Bahraini Dinar (£5,000). She was on trial for tearing up a photo of King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa at an October court date where she faced charges connected to previous rights campaigning. This comes only days after she gave birth to her second child.

The Al-Khawaja family have been heavily involved in Bahrain’s pro-democracy movement, and have been continuously targeted by authorities in the constitutional monarchy.

Al-Khawaja’s father Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja has been serving a life sentence since 2011 for the role he played in the country’s ongoing protest movement which started that year. Her sister Maryam Al-Khawaja boycotted the recent court hearing which saw her sentenced to one year in prison on what is widely acknowledged to be trumped up charges.

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By Milana Knezevic

Milana Knezevic is the Assistant Editor, Online and News of Index on Censorship