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Top Bahraini opposition leader Sharif released after 4 years in prison

FILE - In this Sunday, March 6, 2011 file photo, Ibrahim Sharif, right, the Sunni Muslim leader of the liberal WAAD (National Democratic Action Society) opposition party, and Sheik Ali Salman, head of the Shiite opposition al-Wefaq party, hold a sign reading "No Sunni, No Shia: One unified nation" outside the gates of Gudaibiya Palace in Manama, Bahrain. On Friday, June 19, 2015, Sharif, a top Bahraini opposition leader, was released after more than four years in prison for his role in protests calling for reform in the Gulf kingdom. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

FILE - In this Sunday, March 6, 2011 file photo, Ibrahim Sharif, right, the Sunni Muslim leader of the liberal WAAD (National Democratic Action Society) opposition party, and Sheik Ali Salman, head of the Shiite opposition al-Wefaq party, hold a sign reading "No Sunni, No Shia: One unified nation" outside the gates of Gudaibiya Palace in Manama, Bahrain. On Friday, June 19, 2015, Sharif, a top Bahraini opposition leader, was released after more than four years in prison for his role in protests calling for reform in the Gulf kingdom. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)  (The Associated Press)

An opposition group says a top Bahraini opposition leader has been released from prison after more than four years in custody.

The WAAD (National Democratic Action Society) group confirmed on its official Twitter account that Ibrahim Sharif was released Friday.

Sharif was leading WAAD at the time of his arrest in March 2011 and was one of the top leaders in the Feb. 14, 2011 uprising in Pearl Roundabout.

Sharif was sentenced in June 2011 to five years in prison for plotting to overthrow Bahrain's 200-year-old monarchy.