Bahrain's public prosecutor announced Saturday that he will drop some charges against opposition protesters detained in this year's unrest, state media reported.
The charges that will be dropped relate "to speech protected by the right to freedom of expression," the Bahrain News Agency reported.
Forty-three cases applying to 343 people will benefit from the announcement, according to BNA.
The move comes as the oil-rich country that is also home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet works to recover from harsh criticism over its handling of opposition protests this year. A report released in November by an independent commission found police tortured and used excessive force against civilians arrested during a crackdown on the protests.FULL STORY