Ibrahim Sharif. Image Credit: AP

Dubai: Bahraini activist Ebrahim Sharif was freed from prison Monday after serving a yearlong sentence over comments supporting political change in the kingdom, a rights group said.

The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy said Sharif is at risk of being arrested again because of an appeal by prosecutors, who are seeking an extended sentence.

Sharif is the former secretary-general of the secular, leftist National Democratic Action Society, which also goes by the Arabic name Waad.

He was arrested on July 12, 2015, less than a month after being released following more than four years behind bars for his role in the country’s 2011 anti-government protests. He was convicted this past February of inciting hatred after addressing a memorial service for one of those killed during the quelling of the anti-government demonstrations in February-March 2011.