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Bahrain extends detention of human rights activist
« on: May 14, 2012, 09:27:23 AM »
Bahrain extends detention of human rights activist

Bahrain has extended the detention of human rights activist Nabeel Rajab for participating in a January anti-government rally, his lawyer said on Sunday, after he was arrested over tweets deemed insulting to the government.

13 May 2012

Rajab was detained earlier this month for releasing tweets deemed insulting to the government, but the public prosecution ordered his detention extended by "one week" on Saturday for participating in the January demonstration, his lawyer Mohamed al-Jishi said.

He also faces a trial, the second hearing for which is to be held on May 22, for participating in a separate demonstration three months ago in Manama.

Meanwhile, Rajab is also to face a new trial starting May 16 over his tweets, his lawyer said.

Rajab, who has led protests against the authorities since a Shiite-led uprising erupted in February last year, was arrested at the airport on May 5, as he returned from Lebanon, for "insulting a statutory body via Twitter," Mr Jishi had said earlier.

Rights groups as well the main Shia opposition formation, Al-Wefaq, have urged authorities to release Rajab, who heads the non-governmental Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR).

The activist has insisted on demonstrating inside Manama, unlike the main Shia opposition which now stages its protests in Shia villages, after last year's crackdown on protesters who occupied the capital's Pearl Square for a month.

Pro-democracy protesters burned tyres and clashed with police in Bahrain on Saturday to demand the release of opposition leaders and rights activists, one of whom has been on a three-month hunger strike.

Bahrain said last week it would step up efforts to crush unauthorised protests, which it terms "rioting", after 15 policemen were injured by improvised bombs.