Lawyer: Bahrain court postpones activist's appeal

By the Associated Press | October 16, 2012 | 8:33 AM EDT

Bahraini anti-government protesters, one wrapped in a national flag, pray at the end of a small demonstration in Karzakan, Bahrain, on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, for the release of residents of the western village jailed in connection with unrest in the Gulf island kingdom. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A defense lawyer in Bahrain says a court has prolonged the appeal of an imprisoned human rights activist by ordering another hearing next month.

Nabeel Rajab is challenging his three-year prison sentence for allegedly encouraging illegal protests and violence in the strife-wracked Gulf nation, which is home to the U.S. Navy 5th Fleet.

He is among the most high-profile prisoners in Bahrain's crackdowns. The country has been hit by near-daily unrest since February 2011, when its Shiite majority began an uprising demanding a greater political voice in the Sunni-ruled nation.

Attorney Mohammed al-Jishi says the court on Tuesday set Rajab's next hearing for Nov. 8.

Also Tuesday, authorities detained another rights campaigner, Mohammed al-Maskati, the president of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights.