Bahrain Live Blog
Bahrain - Apr 23, 2012 - 14:54
Bahrain's highest appeals court on Monday postponed for a week the final verdict in the case of 21 democracy activists convicted of plotting to overthrow the kingdom's rulers.
The court set the next hearing for April 30 amid claims by the family of hunger striker Abdulhadi al-Khawaja that his health is in sharp decline nearly 11 weeks into his protest.
Bahrain officials insist al-Khawaja faces no immediate medical risks.
On Sunday, a representative from Bahrain's public prosecution said Khawaja's doctors assured him that the Shia activist "is in good and stable health and is getting all necessary medical care".
The postponement came amid escalating tensions in the Sunni-ruled kingdom after a week of near-daily anti-government protests that coincided with Sunday's controversial Formula One Grand Prix race.
Witnesses said the courthouse was cordoned off by security forces as the postponement was announced in an effort by the government to prevent a planned protest by the largest Shia opposition group, Al-Wefaq.