July 5th, 2012
04:42 AM ET

Verdict may come on young boy detained in Bahrain protests

A verdict may come Thursday in the case of a preteen who was arrested and accused of protesting in Bahrain, the boy's lawyer said.

Police arrested Ali Hasan on May 14 and accused him of participating in an "illegal gathering" with about a dozen others, according to the Bahrain International Affairs Authority, the Persian Gulf kingdom's information office.

At the time of his arrest, human rights groups said he was age 11. Authorities said he was 12.

Mohsin Al-Alawi, one of his attorneys, said he hopes the charges against the young boy will be dismissed.

"Ali is innocent and did not commit any criminal act," the lawyer said. "There is no proof to justify the entire case."

The arrest is part of a government crackdown on protesters in Bahrain.

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