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Controversial blogger released after detention

'I am just out, give me some time and I will talk all about it'

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Muscat: Controversial Omani blogger Muawiyah Al Rawahi was released on Monday night after a 10-day detention.

"Yes I am out and in good health," Al Rawahi told Gulf News over telephone on Tuesday night. In reply to a question, he said that he is not yet ready to say anything. "I am just out, give me some time and I will talk all about it," he said, adding that he had gone to the security agencies on his own and was not captured as is being speculated on the social media and micro-blogging site Twitter.

He refused to talk any further about his detention or release.

Since his release, Al Rawahi has posted two posts in Arabic in which he has apologised for his earlier post that may have hurt people. He stressed in his post that he was not apologising under any duress. "I regret that I let down many [people], and I regret that I let down myself," he wrote.

Antagonistic post

Al Rawahi had created a furore by writing an antagonistic post, which was removed instantly. In that post, he had hit out people across the broad spectrum.

The blogosphere in Oman was abuzz with speculation about the whereabouts of the outspoken blogger.

Al Rawahi has courted controversies since the time he began blogging. The fearless journalist-turned-blogger had apparently written, in his now erased post, about his experience working for the security agencies, being abused in childhood and his sex escapades. He had also criticised the Ruler as well as written about his lack of faith in religion.

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