Bahraini activist jailed and fined for tearing up king's photo

December 4, 2014 7:13 PM

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MANAMA (Reuters) - A Bahraini court sentenced pro-democracy activist Zainab al-Khawaja to three years in jail and fined her 3,000 dinars ($7,950) on Thursday for insulting King Hamad by tearing up his photograph, her lawyer and a human rights group said.

Bahrain has been in turmoil for three years since mass protests erupted in Manama, inspired by the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings and led by Shi'ite Muslims. Khawaja has become known for publishing news of the demonstrations on social media.

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