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Hearing in the case of activists adjourned

Primary Court defers decision in the case against bloggers

  • By Sunil K. Vaidya, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 15:38 November 7, 2012
  • Gulf News

Muscat: The Court of Appeal in Muscat adjourned the hearing in the cases of bloggers and activists on Wednesday.

Last month the court had put off the hearing of 16 Omanis for different reasons. On Wednesday the court adjourned the hearing for six activists — Esmail Al Muqabali, Nabhan Al Hanashi, Ishaq Al Aghbari, Ali Al Haji, Mohammad Al Jamoudi and Mohammad Al Kiyumi — to November 21.

While the court adjourned the decision on the cases for ten others — Hassan Al Ruqaishi, Osama Al Toya, Awadh Sawafi, Eisa Masoudi, Rashid Al Badi, Abdullah Al Abdali, Ahmad Al Maamari, Bassam Abu Qasida, Hilal Al Busaidi, and Maymouna Al Badi — on December 5.

Meanwhile, the Muscat Primary Court also adjourned the hearing in the case of six bloggers to December 5 as a technical expert was called to testify a defence claim that their social accounts were hacked.

The defendants in Primary Court trial are Sultan Al Sa’adi, Hatem Al Maliki, Khalid Al Nofli, Mukhtar Al Hinai, Khalfan Al Sa’adi and, Mohammad Fazari. All the six are facing charges of violating Oman’s cyber laws and insulting the country’s leader.

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