Denmark’s foreign ministry says it has been told by Bahraini authorities that
Abdulhadi al-Khawaja is still at the military hospital where he was admitted
in connection with his life sentence.
“Our ambassador has contacted the Bahraini authorities who have said that he
is still in the same ward at the military hospital where he has been
admitted for some time,” Foreign Ministry Public Service Chief Ole Egberg
Mikkelsen tells Ritzau.
The information that al-Khawaja is still at the hospital comes after
al-Khawaja’s wife said earlier today that the dual nationality
Danish-Bahraini, who is 77 days into a hunger strike, appeared to have left
his hospital room.
The Danish ambassador to Bahrain has not been able to visit al-Khawaja since
Denmark’s Foreign Ministry is continuing its diplomatic efforts to get some
clarification of al-Khawaja’s fate and case. Apart from Foreign Minister
Villy Søvndal ‘s efforts, the European Union, the United Nations and the
United States have all urged Bahrain to resolve the issue.
Abdulhadi al-Khawaja is on hunger strike to protest against a life sentence
handed down on him last year on charges of calling for a change in system in
According to observers, the Bahraini authorities are in a quandary. While they
do not want to appear weak by releasing al-Khawaja, nor do they wish to see
him die and thus become a martyr to the Bahraini opposition cause.
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