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Jailed daughter of Bahrain rights activist freed
Zainab al-Khawaja, jailed daughter of Bahraini human rights activist, freed from prison
Associated Press
2014-02-17 03:01 AM

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- A lawyer for Bahraini activist Zainab al-Khawaja says she has been released from prison after nearly a year behind bars for multiple convictions including participation in an illegal gathering.

Lawyer Mohammed al-Wasti told the Associated Press on Sunday that al-Khawaja was released earlier in the day and was heading home.

Al-Khawaja is the daughter of prominent human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is among several opposition figures who are serving life sentences. He drew attention to his imprisonment with a lengthy hunger strike in 2012.

Bahrain's majority Shiites have led a three-year uprising seeking a greater political voice in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom, which is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

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