April 8th, 2012
03:20 AM ET

Report: Daughter of jailed Bahraini activist charged with assault

(CNN) - Bahraini authorities have charged the daughter of a human rights activist with assaulting a public employee after she tried to visit her father who is on his 60th day of a hunger strike.

The Bahrain News Agency reported Zainab al-Khawaja was charged and released Saturday after her arrest outside a military hospital where her father, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, was receiving care.

He is protesting the life sentence he received for his role in anti-government unrest that continues to roil his country. Sunday marked the 60th day of his hunger strike.

The Bahrain Center for Human Rights - a group Abdulhadi al-Khawaja founded - said the man had recently called his family, saying he had been mistreated by guards and hospital staff.

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  1. RUFFNUTT (( dank smoking , beer drinking trailer trash from belton missouri ))

    60 days no food = death... he ate something... when no one was looking..
    or he is really really fat..

    April 8, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    Yea! No doubt he must have a WIDE LOAD, RUFFNUTT.

    April 8, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    Bahrain is a dear friend & ally. The rulers have our permission to do as they please.

    April 8, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |

    well said guys

    April 8, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    i wonder if he interprets ramming tubes up his nethers and sticking ivs in his arms as mistreatment..

    April 8, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. fernace

    This man should be celebrated! Can any of us imagine living under a regime where your only hope now, of making a difference for your fellow citizens, is to starve yourself to death! In which advocating for human rights gets you imprisoned for life & his daughter is arrested for trying to see him! We can't really imagine because in our "freedom of speech"society it's a foreign concept, literally & figuratively! If we truly stand for free societies everywhere

    April 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. fernace

    ..... Oops didn't mean to send, let me finish; if our society stands for Liberty, then we must support those who seek liberation from tyranny & oppression! We have to be a beacon of freedom, like Our Lady of Liberty! We can do it privately w/donations or politically by pressuring the UN, but we must not do it by force, if avoidable, because that's counter-productive, as Iraq & Afghanistan has taught us! Bahrain may be a business ally, but I'm a private citizen who has a voice in this country! I say Set Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja Free! Oh, I know, remember the song "Free Nelson Mandela"? We'll just sing " Free Abulhadi Al-Khawaja"! Yep, that'll work & I think Mandela would approve!!

    April 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    @ fernace, WORD! And the only reason his daughter was arrested most likely was because she made this known world-wide! Now if he dies and she is jailed their government will to a certain degree, have hushed this up.

    April 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mr Dalloway

    Just when you think things are really here in America.

    April 8, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ayndefeated Rand

    let Ron Paul get in there and fight the Americans over the continued support for regimes such as this and Saudi whips on the backs of Arabia... hey Ron.. why so silent.. Hillary is such a special "girlfriend" eh Ron?

    April 8, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |