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Nabeel Rajab Released On Bail; New Hearing Scheduled for June 17

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Nabeel Rajab Released On Bail; New Hearing Scheduled for June 17

[Washington, DC]   May 28, 2012 — The DC-based Bahrain Coordinating Committee is pleased to announce the release of Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab on bail, who has been detained in prison in Bahrain since May 5 pending his hearing today.

Nabeel Rajab

Prior to today, the option of Rajab’s release on bail was in some doubt, but the court released the activist on payment of BD 300 (about $800 US), on the condition that he not travel.

Rajab was arrested on charges that he incited illegal demonstrations through Twitter updates.  The activist, who has more than 100,000 Twitter followers, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.  His hearing has been scheduled for June 17.

Rajab is the director of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights

The Bahrain Coordinating Committee supports the exercise of free political expression, and advocates for the dismissal of charges against Rajab.

About the Bahrain Coordinating Committee

The Bahrain Coordinating Committee is a Washington, DC-based grassroots movement that works to obtain U.S. support for democracy and human rights reforms in Bahrain.  For more information, please visit

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