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Bahrain bank-probe Britons released

Four Britons held in Bahrain for 18 months after being placed under investigation following the collapse of the banks where they worked have been released, it has emerged.

Alistair MacLeod, Anthony James and Cliff Giddings were forced to surrender their passports last July following the collapse of Awal Bank, a Saudi bank where they all worked.

Another Briton, Kevin Moriarty, was also held following the collapse of The International Banking Corporation (TIBC).

Authorities in Bahrain have now released the four men, who were all placed under criminal investigation as part of a wider examination of the collapse of the financial organisations but who were never charged with any offence.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: "We are aware of this case and have been providing consular assistance. We cannot comment on the detail of this."

Foreign Secretary William Hague last month raised concerns about the detention of the four men during a meeting in London with Salman ibn Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and heir apparent to the King of Bahrain.

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