Bahrain has postponed the trial of prominent human rights activist, Maryam al-Khawaja, and ordered that she remain in custody for an extra 10 days, despite the UN calling for her release.
Al-Khawaja was arrested as she arrived in the country on August 30, and charged with allegedly assaulting a lieutenant and a policewoman after she refused to hand over her phone during a search.
In a hearing on Saturday, Khawaja appeared in court with her arm in a sling, and denied the charge of assaulting police at Manama airport. She called the accusation “vindictive and fabricated”.
Her lawyer, Mohammed al-Jishi, told the AFP news agency, that the judge ordered Khawaja be kept in custody on that charge, and could face a maximum of two years in jail.