Bahrain court delays appeal of imprisoned human rights activist Jamie Reese at 12:52 PM ET
[JURIST] The Bahrain Court of Cassation on Monday delayed an appeal hearing for human rights defender Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who is serving a life sentence for terrorism-related charges. The court was to issue a decision Monday but set the appeal hearing for April 30 [AP report]. Al-Khawaja is among 21 individuals tried before the Bahrain military National Safety Court in June 2011 and found guilty [JURIST report] of terrorism-related charges, including several tried in absentia. Al-Khawaja has been on a hunger strike for the past 11 weeks and will now have to wait another week before his hearing. Bahrain officials insist Al-Khawaja is in good health, but his family says his health is deteriorating. Rights groups and many western governments have called for al-Khajawa's release.
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