Bail for 6 Omanis in unrest trials

Muscat: Six activists were granted bail while six others remained in prison after the Muscat Primary Court had earlier sentenced a woman, Maimuna Al Badi, to a year in prison on charges relating to public incitement.

However, the sentence of Maimuna, who was tried for slander, besides abusive and provocative writing, was reduced to 20 days and she was fined 1,000 Omani riyals (Dh9,512) for violating IT regulations in the country.

Khalid Nawfali, Mukhtar Al Hinai, Ishaq Al Akbari, Mohammad Fazari, Hatem Al Maliki and Sultan Al Sa’adi were released on a bail of 1,000 Omani riyals each but are required to post bonds of 1,500 riyals in connection with another case, bringing the total in surety amounts for the six to 2,500 riyals each.

The six others who faced a six-hour hearing on Sunday were denied bail and will remain in prison until the next hearing on September 9.

Esmail Al Muqabali, Nabhan Al Hanashi, Khalfan Ali Badi, Ali Haji, Hassan Ruqaishi and Mahmoud Al Jamoudi were denied bail. All are facing charges of wrongful gathering at a public place.

So far 42 people have gone on trial in cases pertaining to public unrest with six still remaining in prison after the rest were granted bail pending appeals in higher courts.

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