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Bahrain frees leading human rights activist

After he completed a two-year jail sentence

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Bahrain has released one of the Gulf kingdom's most prominent human rights activists after he completed a two-year jail sentence for his role in protests calling for democratic reforms, reports Aljazeera.

Nabeel Rajab, who heads the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), was freed on Saturday after being found guilty in August 2012 of encouraging "illegal gatherings'' tied to anti-government protests in the country. He was initially sentenced to three years imprisonment, but an appeals court later reduced his term by a year.

"I am happy to be with my friends and back with the human rights community but still saddened that there are still thousands of others who are still behind bars or outside the country," Rajab told Al Jazeera. "I'm also disappointed that situation in Bahrain is much worse than two years ago when I first entered prison," he said.

The rights activist is an opposition icon for the protest movement against the Arab monarchy's rulers. Since 2011, the country's majority Shia population has been demostrating for more rights and political freedomsBahrain has released one of the Gulf kingdom's most prominent human rights activists after he completed a two-year jail sentence for his role in protests calling for democratic reforms. Nabeel Rajab, who heads the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), was freed on Saturday after being 

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