An 11-year-old boy in Bahrain has been released without bail on Monday after nearly a month in police custody, Al Jazeera has reported.
Ali Hassan was arrested on May 14 after participating in a protest organized by Bahrain's Shiite majority.
His lawyer, Mohsen al-Alawi, told Al Jazeera that judges had decided to release the boy but that his trial was set to continue on June 20. The young Ali is accused of ‘joining an illegal gathering’ and faces other charges linked to protests in the Gulf state.
His lawyer said Hassan had to take his school exams in prison.
The kingdom of Bahrain has been experiencing turmoil since February 2011 when members of the Shiite community took to the streets of the capital of Manama to demand democratic reforms. Last year's uprising was violently crushed in by the government who imposed martial law and brought in Saudi and United Arab Emirates troops.
Since, members of the Shiite community have been demonstrating almost every day as they say they feel marginalized by the Sunni ruling family who has been in power in the Gulf country for more than two centuries.
Activists claim that more than 80 people have died since February 2011.
Picture via @SMohsinAlalawi