February 26, 2011 / 1:15 PM / 9 years ago

Bahrain Shi'ite opposition leader home from exile

MANAMA (Reuters) - Bahraini Shi’ite opposition leader Hassan Mushaimaa arrived home from exile on Saturday and was not detained at the airport, witnesses said.

“We want a real constitution,” he told reporters on arrival. “I’m here to see what are the demands of the people at the square and sit with them and talk to them,” he said, referring to anti-government protesters camped in Manama’s Pearl Square.

Mushaimaa, who was being tried in absentia in an alleged coup plot, flew to Manama from Lebanon. Bahrain’s foreign minister said this week Mushaimaa had received a royal pardon.

Reporting by Frederik Richter, writing by Alistair Lyon

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