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Wife of Bahrain hunger striker expresses doubts over retrial

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Wife of Bahrain hunger striker expresses doubts over retrial

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The wife of a man jailed for life in Bahrain over his opposition to the ruling monarchy says news of a retrial does not fill her with hope.

A court has ordered that Abdulhadi al-Khawaja’s case be looked at again, in a civilian chamber. He is said to have been on hunger strike for more than 80 days.

“I don’t think it will be anything different than what it was before, because, as I said, it’s the same system. So they’re just playing with time. I don’t think anything will change,” said Khadija al-Mousawi, al-Khawaja’s wife.

Retrials have also been ordered in 20 other cases.

Human rights groups say the individuals involved should be freed without conditions.

The ruling Sunni al-Khalifa family is facing opposition from the majority Shi’ite population who have long complained of discrimination.