Bahraini barred from flight to kingdom

2013-08-09 22:35
A Bahraini protestor holds a national flag wearing a mask used by the Anonymous movement during a protest. (File, AFP)

A Bahraini protestor holds a national flag wearing a mask used by the Anonymous movement during a protest. (File, AFP)

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Dubai - A prominent Bahraini rights activist has been barred from a flight to the gulf kingdom after a request from government authorities.

A British Airways spokesperson told The Associated Press that Maryam al-Khawaja had been stopped from boarding a direct London-to-Bahrain flight on Friday. The spokesperson said the airline barred her as "we are required to comply with requests from individual government authorities".

The spokesperson spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn't authorised to speak publicly about the matter. Officials in Bahrain could not be reached for comment.

Al-Khawaja is the daughter of jailed activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja.

Bahrain, home to the US Navy's 5th fleet, has faced more than 18 months of unrest between the Sunni-led monarchy and its majority Shi'ite population. The government has promised to crack down on dissent.

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