MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A lawyer representing Bahraini hunger striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja says the activist will end his strike Monday, 110 days after he began refusing food.
Attorney Mohamed al-Jishi said that al-Khawaja decided to begin eating again because his strike succeeded in bringing attention to the cause of Bahraini protesters agitating for political change.
Al-Jishi says al-Khawaja sought to highlight the detention of what he calls political prisoners and limits on freedom of expression.
Al-Khawaja began his hunger strike on February 8. Bahrain rejected Denmark's request in March to take custody of al-Khawaja, who is also a Danish citizen.
At least 50 people have died in unrest in Bahrain, which is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.
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MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A prominent Bahraini rights activist was released on bail Monday more than three weeks after his arrest on charges linked to anti-government protests in the Gulf kingdom.
Nabel Rajab said he paid bail of 300 dinars ($800) Monday and is banned from traveling abroad as part of the conditions of his release.
Rajab, who is the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was arrested May 5 and charged with using social media to insult Bahraini authorities and encourage demonstrations. His arrest brought international outcry from rights groups and others.
Rajab's attorney, Mohamed al-Jishi, said the next trial date is June 17.
Bahrain's majority Shiites launched an Arab Spring-inspired uprising more than 15 months ago seeking to overturn the wide-ranging powers of the ruling Sunni dynasty. At least 50 people have died in the unrest in the strategic nation, which is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.