December 24th, 2011
03:58 PM ET

Bahrain drops some charges against protesters

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.

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  1. banasy©

    How's the cigar, Triumph?

    December 24, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Santacat Claws

    Hello banasy,
    How are you on this eve before x-mas ?

    December 24, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Hello, Santacat Claws.
    I'm doing okay.
    How are you, and when are you going to get those hanging children down?

    December 24, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Santacat Claws

    I thought I might leave them up until New Years Day with the rest of the decorations. They seem to give a little extra life to the room.

    December 24, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Make sure you feed and water them once in a while, just to to give them strength.
    No one likes a wilting Christmas display.

    December 24, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Santacat Claws

    Should I give them morning or afternoon exposure to sunlight ?

    December 24, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    It depends on the location of your mantle, wouldn't you say?

    You *could* borrow one of Ruffie's growlights...

    December 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Santacat Claws

    You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I'm telling you why. Santacat Claws is coming to town.
    HO HO HO Meeery Christmas.
    I've made out my list and I've checked it twice. I know whout here has been naughty, and I know whos been nice.
    All of you who have been nice, will have merry christmas indeed.
    But for all of you who have not, well, I've got a real surprise for you.
    Here's a hint :
    My litter box is nice and clean now.

    But to one and all, naughty or nice, have a blessed holiday.

    December 24, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    lol @ bobcat! (applause) MERRY CHRISTMAS!:-) My very dear friend!

    December 24, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Santacat Claws

    Thank you. Thank you very much. ( said with the Elvis twang and hip shake.)
    Have you been having sa good night ? I'm sitting here at work trying to entertain myself.
    These weird things have been popping into my head, so I put them down right here on this thread. See, there I go again.

    That's what boredom does to you.

    December 24, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tif31

    Merry Christmas to on and all.

    December 25, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |