April 23rd, 2012
02:59 AM ET

Bahraini dissident on hunger strike could appeal life sentence

A detained Bahraini dissident who has been on a hunger strike for more than two months can appeal his life sentence during a hearing Monday, the government said.

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja was arrested in April 2011 for his role in anti-government protests that began a month earlier with demands for political reform and greater freedoms for Shiites. In June, Bahrain found him and seven other Shiite opposition activists guilty of plotting to overthrow the country's royal family.

Al-Khawaja was in stable condition Sunday, a Bahraini government spokesman said.

Meanwhile, crew members from Britain's Channel 4 News were released Monday after they were arrested while covering the unrest surrounding the Bahrain Grand Prix a day earlier.

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  1. walmart p slogan

    Political reforms and greater freadoms is reason for a life sentence?
    Although Bahrain is to important as a Saudi and US puppet for it to ever happen, this country and its royally cruel family deserve a good examination under the sun lamp.

    April 23, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      Don't forget the magnifyting glass.

      April 23, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    No,no!
    Let us focus on Iran & Syria. Why bother our loyal 'subjects' on these 'trivial' matters. After all the rulers there need to whip their subjects in line?

    April 23, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      I see your tongue poking in your cheek again, saywhat.

      April 23, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Can't help it @ banasy.
    Double standards & bigotry drives me either towards sarcasm or outbursts that don't please most bloggers.

    April 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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