On January 19, 2012, Professor Masaud Jahromi of Bahrain met with the Public Prosecutor before the verdict for his trial was issued. The Public Prosecutor ordered that the charges be dropped since it was related to “freedom of speech” which is consistent with the report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI). Therefore his only charge: “Participation in a Rally” was to be dropped. But the verdict of the court was contrary to the order sent them by the Public Prosecutor. Professor Jahromi was sentenced to 4 months of imprisonment and a bail of 500 BD (approximately $1,400). He does not have to serve the 4 months since he has already spent 5 months in jail. His lawyer will appeal for reconsideration of the case.
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The verdict accounts for 4 of the 5 months of his imprisonment (from April, 2011 to September, 2011). The sentence thus leaves his verdict ambiguous since 1 month is not accounted for. Additionally, since he has been found guilty and the case was not dismissed, there is a distinct possibility that he might not be retained by his university.