Bahrain's King Hamad on Monday pardoned leading rights activist Nabeel Rajab, serving a six-month jail sentence, for "health reasons", the official news agency BNA reported.
It said the king issued a decree granting the activist "a special pardon for health reasons", but without elaborating.
In May, an appeals court upheld a six-month prison sentence for Rajab, a member of Bahrain's Shiite majority arrested in April, for insulting public institutions on Twitter.
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