Bahrain charges, releases four US journalists

(From AP)

Bahraini prosecutors on Tuesday charged four U.S. journalists detained while covering the anniversary of the country’s 2011 unrest with illegally assembling with the intent to commit a crime.

A Bahraini man watches anti-government protesters clashing with riot police firing tear gas, in Sitra Feb. 14

A Bahraini man watches anti-government protesters clashing with riot police firing tear gas in Sitra Feb. 14

The four were released after they were charged, though it was not immediately clear from the prosecutors’ statement whether they could leave the country off the coast of Saudi Arabia.

Bahrain police said they detained the four Americans on Sunday for providing “false information that they were tourists” and also alleged that one of them took part in an attack on Bahraini officers.

In a statement, Manama’s chief prosecutor Nawaf al-Awadi said the journalists’ possession of cameras and computers sparked their investigation. It said the journalists were freed “pending the completion of the investigation.”

One of the four journalists has been identified as  freelancer Anna Therese Day of Boise, Idaho.



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