Bahrain releases blogger after day in custody

AP News
Posted: Mar 31, 2011 4:14 PM
Bahrain releases blogger after day in custody

Bahraini blogger Mahmoud al-Youssef, a fierce critic of the government, says he is free after a day in custody.

Al-Youssef was arrested from his home before dawn Wednesday by Bahraini security, his brother said.

On Thursday evening, he told The Associated Press by telephone that he has been freed.

"I was released at 10 p.m.," he said without giving further details.

Al-Youssef, 50, blogs in English. His arrest was seen as a further step in Bahrain's crackdown on anti-government protests sweeping the country.

Hundreds of opposition activists and leaders have been detained since emergency rule was declared two weeks ago. At least 20 people have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces.