Imprisoned activist's daughter freed in Bahrain

AP News
Posted: Dec 21, 2011 12:11 AM
Imprisoned activist's daughter freed in Bahrain

A daughter of a prominent Bahraini activist has been freed after five days in custody. She was detained last week during an anti-government demonstration in the Gulf kingdom.

The 28-year-old Zainab al-Khawaja, herself an activist and a well-known blogger, was released late Tuesday.

She is a daughter of Bahrain's most prominent political activist, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja. He was imprisoned for life along with seven other opposition leaders in June. A special security tribunal, set up under emergency rule, convicted them of anti-state crimes.

Along with her father, al-Khawaja's three other male relatives and her husband have been imprisoned since February, when the uprising of Bahrain's Shiite majority against Sunni rulers started.