Abdul-jalil Al-Singace temporarily released for mother’s funeral

The Bahraini government has temporarily released Dr. Abdul-jalil Al-Singace, a prominent opposition figure, to attend his mother’s funeral. Now that he’s out, I hope they realize that not only is he no threat to them simply for speaking his mind, but keeping him in prison makes them look absolutely terrible. Why is the government of Bahrain so threatened by people who practice free speech?