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Detained activist refuses food.

Muscat One of the two activists from Sohar arrested for a second time for blocking traffic and disturbing public life during a protest last Friday has refused to eat for the last three days spent in detention.

Esmail Al Muqbali, also an activist, told Gulf News he met Ali Bakhit Al Badi outside the public prosecutor's office in Qurum on Tuesday.

"He called me to come to prosecutor's office to sign surety for his release and first thing he asked me was to get some food as he was famished," Al Muqbali said.

"I signed papers at the prosecutor's office and they took all my details, including my ID card."

Al Muqbali said he was even given Al Badi's release order but was asked to wait until final approval came through.

But after a short wait, he was informed that Al Badi would be held for three more days.

"He looked miserable," Al Muqbali said, adding that Al Badi had decided not to eat anything while in detention as a protest against his arrest.

Al Badi is already facing a six-month jail sentence for blocking traffic and disturbing public life.

"His family is worried that he may not get his job back as he had already spent 51 days in jail during his previous detention," Al Muqbali said.

He added that Al Badi was not aware about the fresh detention of Khalfan Al Muqbali, who was first arrested for heading the EoACAyDragon Gang' in March and is facing six months in prison.

Al Muqbali said Al Badi was treated well by security agencies.

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