Jailed bloggers' plea accepted.
Muscat: The Supreme Court accepted the appeal submitted by eight jailed activists charged with unlawful assembly. The Supreme Court also rejected the appeal of other activists and ordered the return of their case files to the Appeals Court, while ordering the formation of a new committee as well. The Supreme Court ordered the retrial of Said bin Sultan Al Hashmi, Basmah bint Mubarak Al Kiyoumiyah, Basimah bint Sulaiman Al Rajhiyah, Nasser bin Saleh bin Khamis Al Ghailani, Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Ghailani, Badr bin Nasser Al Jabri, Mukhtar bin Mohammed bin Saif Al Hinai, and Mahmoud bin Mohammed bin Nasser Al Jamoud, their lawyer Yaqoob Al Harthi told Times of Oman. Al Harthi said the Supreme Court had rejected the appeal of three other jailed activists because of a procedural error in their attached appeal papers. The three jailed activists are Mahmmed Al Fazari, Mahmouud Al Rawahi and Khalid Al Nawfli. They will have to raise fresh appeals to the Supreme Court, stated Al Harthi. Three new judges will announce the final sentence for the eight jailed activists at the Appeals Court, which hasn't yet set a date for the trial. Al Harthi remarked that the former eight judges were excluded after they pronounced judgments in accordance with the abolished illegal-gathering law in 2011, which had been replaced by another stringent law. The procedures to retry the eight activists will take more than three weeks in the Appeals Court. The jailed activists had gone on a hunger strike in Samayl Central Prison for 15 days last month. Some 27 prisoners accused of unlawful assembly and lese majeste went on a hunger strike over the last few days. More than 50 bloggers and activists are being held in Samayl Prison and are still awaiting final judgment from the Primary Court.
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