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article imageBahrain rejects Danish prisoner transfer

By Paul Iddon     Apr 8, 2012 in Politics
The Bahraini authorities have declined a Danish request to transfer the Bahraini political hunger striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja whom is said to be close to death.
Mr. Khawaja is currently protesting against a life sentence that is leveled against him over his protests. The offer by Denmark to transfer him has been denied by a top legal body in Bahrain, the request issued yesterday has been reported by BBC News, Ahram Online and the Gulf Times.
Denmark opted for the transfer as Mr. Khawaja is also a Danish citizen and has been a prominent advocate and demonstrator for human rights for oppressed and discriminated Bahrainis, particularly the Shia Muslim community whom make up the majority of the country's citizenry.
He has been fasting for 60 days now. His daughter Zainab has just been released after being arrested for a second time this week over her protests over his plight. Mr. Khawaja is currently being fed intravenously after being moved to a hospital clinic.
The Prime Minister of Bahrain Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa states Mr. Khawaja should not be released.
An official speaking on behalf of the supreme judiciary council stated that:
"The hand-over of accused and convicted persons to foreign countries takes place under specific conditions..."
He added however:
"This does not apply in Abdulhadi al-Khawaja's case."
This official did not give specific reasons of why this is the case.
Amnesty International has stated that the Bahraini authorities have convicted Khawaja through a confession that was made during duress after he was detained in June of last year, they have also presented no incriminating evidence against him or proof for their allegations that he stirred up violence during the countrywide protests in February of 2011.
Security forces on Friday have fired tear gas and water cannons at thousands of Bahrainis demonstrating their support for Khawaja in his plight and against the Grand Prix which is to be held in Bahrain later this month.
Zainab has spoken to her father on the telephone on Saturday and later stated on her Twitter that:
"My Dad said he will not stop his hunger strike and told guards 'If I die, I die with dignity."
She has been quoted as saying that her mother and her support him, are proud and are "with him all the way, no matter what he decides."
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