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Arabia
Oman Court Upholds Jail Terms for Activists
2012-12-13
[An Nahar] An Omani appeals court upheld on Wednesday jail sentences ranging from six months to one year against 23 activists convicted for defaming the sultan and taking part in pro-reform protests last year.

The court in Muscat confirmed a one-year jail term against 11, including writers and bloggers and a young woman, accused of insulting the sultan and cyber crimes, ONA state news agency said.
... and if you can't believe the state news agency who can you believe?
The activists were sentenced in August but are out on bail. They were each ordered to pay a fine of 200 rials ($550) at the time.

The court also confirmed six-month jail terms against 11 other activists convicted of taking part in an unauthorized public gathering and ordered them to pay each a 200-rial fine, ONA said.

Meanwhile,
...back at the Esquimeau village Jack was learning how to rub noses with Nootka's wife......
the court also upheld the suspension of a six-month jail term against a man convicted of insulting the sultan.

The defendants are part of a group of 36 activists tossed in the slammer
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
in June for demanding political reforms in the Gulf state that has been ruled by Sultan Qaboos for the past 42 years.

The usually calm Oman was hit by a wave of protests last year demanding political reforms. Riot police dispersed the demonstrations with force.

Sultan Qaboos responded by reshuffling the cabinet and increasing the powers of the consultative assembly.
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