Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Bahrain says poet included in protest pardon

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain says a royal pardon for some protest-linked suspects includes a 20-year-old woman sentenced to a year in prison for reciting poetry critical of the Gulf nation's crackdown on an uprising. A statement Tuesday from Bahrain's information authority says the king's pardon extends to Ayat al-Qurmezi, who gained prominence for verses denouncing the attacks on Shiite-led protesters.
The statement, however, did not give the full total of those pardoned Sunday by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
Al-Qurmezi was convicted in June of anti-state charges. Hundreds of people were arrested after protests began in February.
Bahrain's majority Shiite claim they face widespread discrimination by Sunni rulers.
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