Bahrain lawyer: Leading activist could face trial

April 1, 2012 - 4:56 AM

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A lawyer for a leading Bahrain rights activist says his client could face possible trial on charges of taking part in anti-government protests in the Gulf kingdom.

Lawyer Mohammed al-Jishi says activist Nabeel Rajab was released early Sunday after hours of interrogation. Al-Jishi says the next step may be a trial for Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights.

Rajab has been an outspoken critic of crackdowns against Bahrain's Shiite majority, which began an uprising in February 2011 seeking to end the Sunni monarchy's near monopoly on power.

A police statement Saturday said Rajab was detained on charges linked to "illegal" demonstrations and the case was referred to the public prosecutor.