Bahraini men shout anti-government slogans and hold up pictures of Shiite clerics including jailed political opposition leader Ali Salman in Diraz, Bahrain, Friday, Feb. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
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A top court in Bahrain Monday overturned a nine-year jail term against Shiite opposition chief cleric Ali Salman, convicted of inciting hatred and calling for forceful regime change.Hundreds of Shiites have been arrested and put on trial since security forces backed by Saudi-led troops crushed in March 2011 month-long protests that demanded democratic reforms.Authorities have also stripped at least 261 people of their citizenship since 2012, according to the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, including the country's Shiite spiritual leader Sheikh Isa Qassim.
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