Nabeel Rajab, Bahrain Rights Activist, Reportedly Beaten By Police

01/06/2012 03:58 pm ET | Updated Mar 07, 2012

MANAMA, Bahrain — A lawyer for a prominent human rights activist in Bahrain says his client has been hospitalized after a beating by police at an anti-government protest.

Nabeel Rajab is the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights. His lawyer, Mohammed al-Jishi, says the activist was "beaten brutally" by members of the security forces during a rally on Friday in the capital, Manama.

He says policemen hit Rajab on the head and face with sticks and kicked him.

The government says in a statement that police found Rajab "on the ground, injured while participating in an unauthorized march" in Manama.

Bahrain's Shiite majority started campaigning for greater rights from the Sunni monarchy last February.

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