|code: 316762||Date: 2012/05/22 - 00:28||source: Reuters, edited by ABNA|
Bahraini court fines Zainab al-Khawaja daughter of opposition activist
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Bahrain, a U.S. ally that hosts Washington's Fifth Fleet, has been in turmoil since a democracy protest movement led by its majority Shi'ites erupted last year after revolts in Egypt and Tunisia.
Its discriminate rulers have rejected opposition calls for an elected government and protests and clashes with police continue weekly.
Khawaja, daughter of jailed Abdulhadi al-Khawaja who has been on hunger strike for more than three months, was arrested a month ago for trying to stage a protest in the capital Manama during Bahrain's Formula One Grand Prix.
"She was fined 200 dinars ($530) for insulting a public servant," lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi told Reuters, adding the court will try her for attempting to stage a protest on May 24.
"She could be fined again or sentenced to prison," he said.
Bahrain's majority Shiites began an uprising in February 2011 seeking to end the discrimination and more political freedom. More than 80 people have died during peaceful protest in the strategic island nation