Saturday, April 7, 2012

Bahrain hunger striker's daughter arrested

(CNN) -- Authorities in Bahrain said Friday that they've arrested the daughter of a human rights activist who has drawn international attention and widespread protests with a hunger strike that he's sustained for nearly two months.

Zainab al-Khawaja was detained outside the Interior Ministry complex, said her lawyer, who is also representing her father, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja.

Her father is striking to protest the life sentence he received for his alleged role in the unrest that continues to embroil his country.

The elder activist was arrested last April for his role in anti-government demonstrations in Bahrain in February and March. In June, he and seven other Shiite opposition activists were found guilty of plotting to overthrow the country's Sunni royal family. Read More