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Prominent activist freed in Bahrain leaves for Denmark

  • FILE -- In this Oct. 21, 2012 file photo, Bahraini opposition activist Zainab al-Khawaja, left, gestures as she shouts "God is greater than any tyrant," while being arrested by police officers in Eker, Bahrain. The prominent activist says she's left Bahrain with her two children for Denmark after being recently released from prison. Zainab al-Khawaja is the daughter of well-known activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is serving a life sentence over his role in Arab Spring-inspired protests by its Shiite majority in 2011. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

    FILE -- In this Oct. 21, 2012 file photo, Bahraini opposition activist Zainab al-Khawaja, left, gestures as she shouts "God is greater than any tyrant," while being arrested by police officers in Eker, Bahrain. The prominent activist says she's left Bahrain with her two children for Denmark after being recently released from prison. Zainab al-Khawaja is the daughter of well-known activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is serving a life sentence over his role in Arab Spring-inspired protests by its Shiite majority in 2011. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2014 file photo, Bahraini prominent rights activist Zainab al-Khawaja waits to hear about her detained sister, Maryam al-Khawaja, outside the court in Manama, Bahrain. The prominent activist says she's left Bahrain with her two children for Denmark after being recently released from prison. Zainab al-Khawaja is the daughter of well-known activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is serving a life sentence over his role in Arab Spring-inspired protests by its Shiite majority in 2011. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2014 file photo, Bahraini prominent rights activist Zainab al-Khawaja waits to hear about her detained sister, Maryam al-Khawaja, outside the court in Manama, Bahrain. The prominent activist says she's left Bahrain with her two children for Denmark after being recently released from prison. Zainab al-Khawaja is the daughter of well-known activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is serving a life sentence over his role in Arab Spring-inspired protests by its Shiite majority in 2011. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)  (The Associated Press)

A prominent activist in Bahrain says she's left the country with her two children for Denmark after being recently released from prison.

Zainab al-Khawaja is the daughter of well-known activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, who is serving a life sentence over his role in Arab Spring-inspired protests by its Shiite majority in 2011.

In a series of messages early Saturday on Twitter, Zainab al-Khawaja said she had left the country. Her family confirmed she left with two children to Denmark, where she also has citizenship.

Al-Khawaja was detained March 14 and faced three years in prison on charges related to her participation in anti-government protests, including tearing up pictures of Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

The Sunni-ruled kingdom did not immediately comment on al-Khawaja leaving the country.