Bahraini Political Activist Released from Prison, Faces Recapture Risk

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A Bahraini rights group says activist Ibrahim Sharif has been freed from prison after serving a year-long sentence over comments supporting political change in the kingdom.

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The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy said Sharif was released Monday but is at risk of being arrested again because of an appeal by prosecutors, who are seeking an extended sentence, the Associated Press reported.

Sharif is the former secretary-general of the National Democratic Action Society, which also goes by the Arabic name Waad.

He was arrested on July 12, 2015, less than a month after being released following more than four years behind bars for his role in the country's pro-democracy protests. He was convicted this past February of inciting hatred after making comments supporting the protest movement.

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