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Bahrain Court Sentences, Jails Human Rights Activist

A court in Bahrain has convicted a human rights activist of inciting hatred against the government, and sentenced him to one year in jail.

Abdul Hadi al-Khawaja was arrested in September after publicly saying the government mismanaged the economy, and calling for the resignation of the prime minister Sheik Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa. Mr. Khawaja's organization, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was also shut down.

His wife says there will be no appeal to Sunday's verdict because they believe the justice system in Bahrain is unjust. Mr. Khawaja did not appear at the trial in Manama.

He has been on a hunger strike since Nov. 14. His arrest led to demonstrations in the streets, and protests by human rights organizations such as Amnesty International.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.