From Gulf Daily News in Bahrain:
Pregnant wife faces deportation
By Ahmed Al Omari, Posted on » Thursday, August 09, 2012
A BAHRAINI’S five-month pregnant wife is facing deportation after he defaulted on a BD10,000 bank loan.
Hassan Mohammed Ahmed Abdulrahman says authorities have refused to transfer her visa to his sponsorship and she could be kicked out of the country within a month.
The insurance broker, who has been unemployed for around a year, has been given a deadline of September 5 to repay his debts or face legal action.
Mr Abdulrahman married his 24-year-old Indian wife, Aftab Alam Javed, in the state of Maharashtra in August 2010, but she was forced to stay there until he could afford to bring her to Bahrain in March.
He has repeatedly pleaded for help from the General Directorate of Nationality, Passports and Residence (GDNPR), saying she should not have anything to do with his civil case.
“I don’t understand why they are doing this to my wife. What does my case have to do with her and my unborn Bahraini child staying in the country,” said the 40-year-old.
“I am not a trouble-maker. Life has been difficult after I lost my job. Now the bank case is on the way, and on top of it, my pregnant wife might be kicked out of the country.
“I contacted the immigration authorities and the sad part is they didn’t have any solution to my problem. So I have been paying BD25 for a visitor visa extension, but it is too pricey for someone who is out of work.”
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Daughter of Bahrain rights activist detained
The Associated Press
Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 | 3:07 a.m.
A Bahrain rights group says the daughter of a jailed activist has had her own detention extended for seven days.
Zainab al-Khawaja was detained Thursday and charged Saturday with destroying government property including a photo of Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
She is the daughter of human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who earned international attention when he went on a 110-day hunger strike earlier this year. He and seven other activists were sentenced to life in prison last year. They are now among a 20-member group whose cases are being re-examined.
The younger al-Khawaja has had several run-ins with authorities. She served a month in jail after confronting police during a protest and was injured in June after a tear gas canister hit her in the left leg.