CAIRO, Aug 27, 2012 (AFP) -
CAIRO, Aug 27, 2012 (AFP) –
Egyptian authorities has denied entry to the daughter of the jailed symbol of the Bahraini opposition movement, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, Cairo airport sources said on Monday.
Maryam al-Khawaja flew straight back to Copenhagen after arriving in Cairo on Sunday, having been denied entry “for security reasons,” the sources said.
Khawaja is international spokesperson for the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights co-founded by her father, who was one of the leading figures of the Shiite-led pro-democracy movement that was crushed by Bahrain’s Sunni-minority rulers in March last year.
She is based in Denmark and, like her father, has joint Bahraini and Danish citizenship.
Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, 52, who was arrested a month after the crackdown, is serving a life sentence in Bahrain handed down for plotting against the state.
He ended a 110-day hunger strike in jail in May. Both the United Nations and international human rights watchdogs have called for his release.
Khawaja’s other daughter Zainab was released in Bahrain in May, after serving a one-month jail sentence on charges of attacking a policewoman at a demonstration.
Bahrain, a small but strategic Gulf state which is the home base of the US Fifth Fleet, came under strong international criticism over last year’s crackdown, which was backed by troops from its Gulf neighbours.
An international panel commissioned by King Hamad to probe the government’s clampdown found that excessive force and torture were used against protesters and detainees.
Amnesty International estimates that 60 people have been killed since the protests broke out in February last year.