Bahraini dissident on hunger strike could appeal life sentence


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A detained Bahraini dissident who has been on a hunger strike for more than two months can appeal his life sentence during a hearing Monday, the government said.

Abdulhadi al-Khawaja was arrested in April 2011 for his role in anti-government protests that began a month earlier with demands for political reform and greater freedoms for Shiites. In June, Bahrain found him and seven other Shiite opposition activists guilty of plotting to overthrow the country’s royal family.

Al-Khawaja was in stable condition Sunday, a Bahraini government spokesman said.

Meanwhile, crew members from Britain’s Channel 4 News were released Monday after they were arrested while covering the unrest surrounding the Bahrain Grand Prix a day earlier.

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