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Bahrain releases teenage Iraqi football player

Bahrain has released a teenage Iraqi football player detained for seven months in Bahrain on suspicion of participating in anti-government protests.
Abdulameer Naji told The Associated Press that his son Zulfiqar Naji, now 17, was released Saturday as a goodwill gesture from the Bahraini government to mark a key Muslim holiday.
Naji said his son, who played on the junior team for Bahraini club Al Muharraq, was seized from their home in Bahrain in April and sentenced to one year in jail.
The Bahraini government confirmed that the Iraqi teenager was among more than 300 prisoners freed after being pardoned by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in honor of Eid al-Adha, or the feast of sacrifice.

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Iraq athletes demand Bahrain release 16-year-old detainee

Iraq athletes demand Bahrain release 16-year-old detainee | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Dozens of athletes rallied in Baghdad on Wednesday, demanding the release of a 16-year-old Iraqi football player detained in Bahrain earlier this year when the country was swept by anti-government protests.


a coach in Baghdad's al-Hadoud club, says the arrest of Zulfiqar Naji was not justified and was politically motivated. Naji plays for Bahrain's al-Muharraq club, and his supporters say he did not participate in protests against the Bahraini government.
"We demand the release of Naji, whose arrest was unjustifiable," Aboud said. "He is being kept in prison because Bahraini authorities want to show that the protests are a foreign conspiracy."
Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/soccer/story/2011-07-27/iraq-athletes-demand-bahrain-release-16-year-old-detainee#ixzz1TLovG9gI
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