Bahraini Opposition Leader Released After 4 Years

A top Bahraini opposition leader was released Friday after more than four years in prison for his role in protests calling for reform in the Gulf kingdom. The National Democratic Action Society group confirmed on its official Twitter account that Ibrahim Sharif was released Friday. Sharif was sentenced in June 2011 to five years in prison for plotting to overthrow Bahrain's 200-year-old monarchy. Brian Dooley, a program director with Human Rights First, applauded the release. Dooley said in a statement, "More than four years after President Obama called for the release of peaceful opposition leaders in Bahrain Ebrahim Sharif is finally out."