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21-12-2011 - Gulf Times

Bahrain female blogger released pending trial

Bahraini authorities yesterday ordered the release on bail of Shia female blogger Zainab al-Khawaja.


The public prosecutor decided to release Khawaja and Maasuma al-Sayed, pending trial on charges of "taking part in (illegal) assemblies on Budaiya highway and assaulting a female police officer", BNA state news agency said.


It said a lawsuit was being prepared to bring the two women to the criminal court. But the two women have so far refused to leave prison, insisting on taking out with them another woman whom they found in custody, according to Mohamed al-Maskati, head of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights.


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