Bahrain studies Denmark offer for hunger striker

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Posted: Apr 07, 2012 11:56 AM
Bahrain studies Denmark offer for hunger striker

Bahrain says the Gulf nation's top judges are reviewing a request by Denmark to gain custody of a jailed activist _ who is also a Danish citizen _ on a nearly two-month hunger strike.

The official Bahrain News Agency says the Supreme Judicial Council is studying the appeal to transfer Abdulhadi al-Khawaja to Denmark. Saturday's report gave no possible timetable for a decision, but Bahrain is facing increasing pressure over the case.

Al-Khawaja and seven other opposition leaders were sentenced to life in prison last year for anti-state crimes. The nation's Shiite majority began an uprising nearly 14 months ago against the Sunni monarchy's near monopoly on power.

Al-Khawaja's daughter, Zainab, was released Saturday after being arrested earlier in the week during a protest for her father.