Bahrain has freed two former Shia opposition members of parliament that were arrested following the anti-government protests in March.

Jawad Fairooz and Matar Matar were arrested and detained in May after resigning from parliament in protest of the way the government was handling the demonstrations.

They were charged with taking part in illegal protests and defaming the country. Matar said that the pair had been tortured in prison. It is not yet clear if the two men will face trial in a civilian court.

A human rights lawyer was also released.