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Lawyer for Bahraini rights activist on hunger strike appeal his life sentence
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) ' Lawyers for a Bahraini human rights activist who is on hunger strike are appealing his conviction on anti-state charges.
Activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja is serving a life sentence for his role in last year's uprising. He was arrested in April during a government crackdown on protests staged by the country's Shiite majority that has been demanding greater rights from Sunni rulers.
He was convicted of participating in efforts to overthrow the ruling dynasty by a special security court in June.
Al-Khawaja has been on hunger strike for more than 50 days.
Amnesty International is urging Bahrain to free him, because of fears he could die.
Lawyer Mohammed al-Jaishi said prior to a Monday court session that he would appeal the sentence.