Prominent activist freed in Bahrain leaves for Denmark


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent activist in Bahrain says she’s left the country with her two children for Denmark after being recently released from prison.

Zainab al-Khawaja is the daughter of well-known activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is serving a life sentence over his role in Arab Spring-inspired protests by its Shiite majority in 2011.

In a series of messages early Saturday on Twitter, Zainab al-Khawaja said she had left the country. Her family confirmed she left with two children to Denmark, where she also has citizenship.

Al-Khawaja was detained March 14 and faced three years in prison on charges related to her participation in anti-government protests, including tearing up pictures of Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

The Sunni-ruled kingdom did not immediately comment on al-Khawaja leaving the country.

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