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article imageBahraini human rights activist put in hospital

By Paul Iddon     Apr 6, 2012 in Politics
Abdulhadi al-Khawaja a leading Bahraini activist has been put in a hospital clinic following a 58 day hunger strike in protest of a life sentence that has been leveled against him for anti-regime protests in the island kingdom last year.
The prominent activist is being fed intravenously reports BBC News, Lebanon Daily Star and Channel 4.
He was moved to the clinic after losing 10 kg and a general worsened condition that involved a drop in his blood pressure. Protests that have continued across Bahrain since the uprising in the Pearl Roundabout was brutally put down last year have been predominately against the Grand Prix that's due to be held in the island kingdom later this month and Mr. Khawaja's plight.
Mr. Khawaja was accused and convicted by a special security court of attempting to overthrow the Bahraini royal family. He was arrested following the island wide anti-regime protest -- the focal point of which was the Pearl Roundabout in Manama -- last April.
Amnesty International has stated that the conviction against him in June was based upon a confession that appears to have been forced through threats of violence, the group also points out that no evidence was presented to prove any of the cases that are being leveled against him. In his testimony given to an independent inquiry Mr. Khawaja stated that he suffered prolonged torture whilst in detention.
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