|Bahrain sentences activist's daughter to jail: lawyer|
|[Dawn] A Bahraini court on Monday sentenced the daughter of prominent opposition activist Hadi al-Khawaja to one month in jail for taking part in an unauthorised demonstration, her lawyer said.|
"Help me, Obi-wan! You're my only hope!"
Zainab al-Khawaja, the eldest of the Shia rights activist's daughters, was found guilty of entering the "prohibited area" of Pearl Square, the main symbol of 2011 protests crushed by security forces, on Feb 12, the lawyer said.
"Aren't you kinda short for a storm trooper?"
She also was fined 100 dinars ($258).
"But Alderan is peaceful!"
"You're far too trusting!"
Her lawyers disputed the charges, saying there was "no formal decision declaring that Pearl Square is a forbidden area".
"We have an emergency alert in detention block AA-23."
"The Princess? Put all sections on alert!"
"Obi-wan is here. The Force is with him!"
"If you're right, he must not be allowed to escape!"
"Escape is not his plan. I must face him, alone!"
Zainab al-Khawaja, whose father is serving a life sentence for plotting against the state, has faced justice on several occasions already this year.
"I don't like you either. You just watch yourself. We're wanted men. I have the death sentence on twelve systems!"
|Bahrain frees female activist|
|MANAMA: Bahraini authorities released rights activist Zainab Al-Khawaja from prison yesterday after she served a two-month jail term for destroying government property, her lawyer told AFP.|
“Zainab is free and she is home with her family,” Mohammed Al-Jishi said adding that she was supposed to be released yesterday, when her two-month sentence came to an end. He said she was released “after orders from the attorney general.”
Zainab, daughter of prominent activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja who is serving a life sentence for plotting against the state, was arrested while protesting on Aug. 2. She was sentenced to two months in prison for destroying property belonging to the Ministry of Interior, said Jishi.
In May she was released after serving a one month jail term for attacking a policewoman at a demonstration. She has also paid a 200 dinars ($530) fine for having insulted a police officer.
According to Jishi, Zainab will have to return to court today to face charges of “illegal assembly” that date back to February.
|Bahraini forces attack anti-regime protesters in Saar|
|[Iran Press TV] Bahraini regime forces have attacked anti-government protesters holding a demonstration in the northwestern village of Saar.|
The protesters in Saar, about 16 kilometers (10 miles) west of the capital, Manama, on Saturday.
They against the ruling Al Khalifa regime.
similar demonstrations were also held in several towns and villages near Manama on Saturday. Regime forces used tear gas and sound grenades against the demonstrators.
On May 23, Bahraini protesters in the Ras Rumman neighborhood of Manama, burning the US flag and condemning Washington's support for the Manama regime.
The US State Department said on May 11 that Washington will resume arms sales to Bahrain. Bahraini opposition groups and activists condemned the decision, saying it could encourage further violations in the Persian Gulf country.
The Saturday attacks on peaceful Bahraini anti-regime demonstrators come two days after reports said a court in Bahrain has sentenced human rights activist Zainab al-Khawaja to one month in prison on May 24.
The court convicted the female activist of insulting a policewoman and obstructing traffic during an anti-regime demonstration in Manama on April 21.
Zainab is the daughter of prominent rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who has been on a hunger strike for more than three months.
Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who holds dual Danish and Bahraini nationality, was given a life sentence in a military court in June 2011 over accusations of inciting protests against the Manama regime.
|Bahraini regime forces attack mourners|
|[Iran Press TV] Bahraini regime forces have attacked thousands of mourners attending the funeral ceremony of an elderly man in a village near the capital Manama, Press TV reports.|
Saudi-backed regime forces attacked the gathering on Sunday.
The mourners against the Bahraini regime and called for "the downfall of the ruling Al Khalifa family."
Earlier in the day, 73-year-old Ali Ali-Ahmad was killed after he was targeted by tear gas in an attack by regime forces on a demonstration in the village.
Bahraini regime forces continue the deadly crackdown on demonstrations across the country.
Teenage Ali al-Kassab was killed after he was run over by a police car in the northern village of Abu Saiba on Thursday.
Regime troops also attacked anti-government demonstrators in the eastern village of Tubli on Saturday.
Dozens of people have been killed and thousands more have been or fired from their jobs in Bahrain since the beginning of the uprising in February.
The Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) issued a report on November 23, saying that the Manama regime had used "excessive force, including the extraction of forced confessions against detainees," in efforts to crush demonstrations in the country.
On Thursday, security forces Zainab al-Khawaja, a high-profile Bahraini activist, during a protest in Manama.
Bahraini anti-regime protesters have expressed their determination to struggle for "the cause of the of the revolution" despite a decision by bin Isa Al Khalifa to "invite all parties, including those in opposition, to post an adviser in his office to monitor the reconciliation and reform process."
|Detainees join Bahrain hunger strike|
|[Al Jazeera] A rights group in Bahrain says more detainees are joining a hunger strike to protest ongoing trials from the crackdown on demonstrations for greater rights by the Gulf nation's Shia majority.|
A statement on Saturday by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights said the strike now includes nearly 20 doctors who are and face anti-state charges linked to the protests against Bahrain's ruling Sunni dynasty.
The rights group said at least two other prominent activists, Abdul Jalil al-Singace and Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, have also begun hunger strikes in solidarity. The activists were sentenced to life in prison in June.
Nabeel Rajab, a for the group, told the detainees are insisting that a trial, if any, should take place in a civil court not a military tribunal.
The trials are scheduled to resume on Wednesday.
Rajab said because little change has come into effect despite promises of reform from the government, there are now renewed protests in the prisons and in the streets.
Zainab al-Khawaja says her father, Abdulhadi, and al-Singace, opposition Haq movement member, stopped eating on Tuesday in solidarity with detainees held at Bahrain's Dry Dock prison.
She said the detainees, who were as part of a March crackdown on pro-democracy protests, went on hunger strike against the government's failure to honour promises to release them.