Bahrain's King Hamid bin Isa Al Khalifa is in Saudi Arabia for talks about the protests rocking his small country. King Hamid went to the kingdom on Wednesday (February 23rd) to meet with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, who returned from medical treatment abroad on the same day.
Following the orders of King Hamid, Bahrain released more than 50 political prisoners late Tuesday (February 22nd), including 23 activists on trial for allegedly trying to overthrow the ruling Al Khalifa family. He also pardoned two others, including exiled opposition leader Hassan Musheima, who plans to return to the country.
"We expect that more than 600 defendants were in jail and only some have been released," Mohammed al-Tajir, a human-rights lawyer who represents some of the political prisoners, was quoted as saying by AP.
Protests continued in Manama's Pearl Square and in the main streets of the capital.