Bahrain said Sunday it will not hand over Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, a human rights activist on a two-month hunger strike, to Denmark as requested.
The Supreme Judiciary Council said Al-Khawaja did not meet the conditions stipulated in its criminal procedures law to hand over the accused to foreign countries, the Bahrain News Agency reported.
Al-Khawaja had lived once in Denmark and holds Danish citizenship.
He is protesting the life sentence he received for his role in anti-government demonstrations that continue to roil his country. Sunday marked the 60th day of his hunger strike and the first anniversary of his arrest.
Bahraini authorities also charged Al-Khawaja's daughter with assaulting a public employee after she tried to visit her father.