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Rights group, embassy say charges against Bahraini dropped

November 24, 2016 09:56 AM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Bahraini rights group and the British Embassy in the kingdom say a charge of "inciting hatred" against political activist Ebrahim Sharif has been dropped.

Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy director Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei told The Associated Press on Thursday that Sharif confirmed the decision, citing a call by the public prosecution to his lawyers.

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The British Embassy to Bahrain separately said on Twitter that the case against Sharif is closed and charges have been dropped. It says Britain welcomes the "positive outcome on this case."

Bahrain's government did not confirm that charges had been dropped.

Sharif was questioned and charged earlier this month after giving an interview to the AP in which he expressed concern a visit by Britain's Prince Charles could "whitewash" a crackdown on dissent.

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