Daughter Of Bahrain Opposition Leader Sentenced

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A defense lawyer in Bahrain says the daughter of a jailed rights activist has received a two-month prison sentence for ripping a picture of the Gulf nation's king during a protest.

 Bahraini anti-government protesters gesture toward riot police who dispersed their planned march calling for the release of political prisoners in Bilad al-Qadeem, Bahrain, on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Police chased protesters with tear gas and stun grenades as they arrived for the march, preventing it from starting. The banner reads: "The nation is in our hearts."

A defense lawyer in Bahrain says the daughter of a jailed rights activist has received a two-month prison sentence for ripping a picture of the Gulf nation's king during a protest.

The court's decision Wednesday was denounced by rights groups accusing authorities of limiting free expression in crackdowns on protesters from the kingdom's Shiite majority, which is seeking a greater political voice in the Sunni-ruled nation. More than 50 people have died in unrest since February 2011.

Mohamed al-Jishi says his client Zainab al-Khawaja could be released soon based on her time held awaiting trial, but there was no immediate word from officials.

Al-Khawaja's father Abdulhadi is among eight opposition figures sentenced to life in prison. He staged a 110-day hunger strike earlier this year in protest.