Middle East

Bahrain frees medic after time served in jail

A Bahraini anti-government protester carries a poster of jailed human rights activist Nabeel Rajab during a march after the third day mourning procession for Rajab's elderly mother, Rabab, in Manama, Bahrain, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

DUBAI: A Bahraini medic was freed on Sunday for time served in jail, just five days after he was sentenced with five colleagues in connection with last year's anti-regime protests in the Gulf state, his lawyers said.

They said Mahmud Asghar, who was sentenced to six months, was released for time served before his conviction.

The six medics were jailed on Tuesday, a day after their convictions were upheld by the kingdom's highest court.

The medics were among 20 doctors and nurses who worked at the Salmaniya Medical Complex in Manama during the predominantly Shiite uprising against the kingdom's ruling Sunni dynasty in February 2011.

The public prosecutor's office has charged seven policemen with torture and maltreatment of the medics, all of whom are Shiite.





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