US prisoner in Bahrain says he has been freed via royal pardon

April 21, 2016 22:34

WASHINGTON - A US citizen who had been sentenced in Bahrain to 10 years in jail in 2013 has been granted a royal pardon and was freed on Thursday after paying a fine, he and his lawyer said.

Tagi al-Maidan was born in the United States to a Bahraini mother and Saudi father and his status as a US national had thrown a spotlight on the complex relationship between Washington and Bahrain, a US ally in the volatile Gulf region that has long provided a base for the US Navy's Fifth Fleet.

Maidan was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in jail in 2013 on charges of attempted murder during a disturbance related to Shi'ite Muslim demands for greater rights.

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