Bahrain overturns acquittal of opposition figure

AP News
Posted: Mar 01, 2013 5:44 AM
Bahrain overturns acquittal of opposition figure

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A senior Bahrain prosecutor says an appeals court has overturned the acquittal and sentenced the daughter of a jailed opposition leader to three months in prison.

Zainab al-Khawaja was convicted of insulting a public employee.

The decision is the latest in a series of charges against her related to protests calling for the release of her father, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is among eight opposition figures sentenced to life imprisonment.

Bahrain's majority Shiites have led a more than 2-year uprising seeking a greater political voice in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom, which is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

The official Bahrain News Agency on Friday quoted Executive Prosecution Chief Amina Isa as saying the appeals court sided with prosecutors to reinstate charges against al-Khawaja and seek jail time.