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Bahraini protesters hold up portraits of detained former Shiite opposition leader Khalil Marzooq during an anti-government protest in the village of Jannusan, west of the capital Manama, on September 27, 2013 Bahraini protesters hold up portraits of detained former Shiite opposition leader Khalil Marzooq during an anti-government protest in the village of Jannusan, west of the capital Manama, on September 27, 2013 © Mohammed al-Shaikh - AFP/File
Bahraini protesters hold up portraits of detained former Shiite opposition leader Khalil al Marzooq during an anti-government protest in the village of Jannusan, west of the capital Manama, on September 27, 2013
© Mohammed al-Shaikh – AFP

A senior opposition figure, Khalil al-Marzooq, was cleared of all charges Wednesday.

Mr. Marzooq, a former deputy speaker of Parliament, had been accused of instigating violence and having links to a protest faction that the authorities blame for bombings. He is a member of al-Wefaq, the main political bloc of the Shiite majority.

Bahrain has faced low-level unrest since its Shiites led large protests against the Sunni monarchy in 2011. The allegations against Mr. Marzooq exacerbated tensions, with some Shiite groups suspending participation in talks with the government after his detention in September.

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