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Bahrain court acquits 21 medics

Verdict should end long-running case over allenged unlicenced assemblies

Gulf News

Manama: Bahrain’s court of appeals on Thursday acquitted 21 medics, overturning a three-month sentence issued by a lower court in November.

In November, 28 medics were put on trial before the high criminal court on charges of taking part in unlicenced assemblies and violation of the law in cases related to the events that unfolded in Bahrain in February and March 2011.

Earlier charges brought against then had been dropped for “theoretically clashing with the exercise of freedom of expression”, the public prosecutor said in November.

Two medics could not appeal and the five others were acquitted by the high criminal court.

The verdict on Thursday should put an end to a case that had been under national and international focus for months.