Oman sets date for riots trial
Muscat, May 29, 2011
The trial of 27 protesters accused of rioting during violent demonstrations in Oman will start next Wednesday, a court official said.
Protests began in February, inspired by prodemocracy revolts that toppled the rulers of Egypt and Tunisia.
“The lawyers of the accused asked for the trial to be postponed as not enough witnesses from the defence turned up at the trial on May 23 and the court agreed to a new a date of June 1,” a court official said.
The 27 were arrested in the industrial city of Sohar in March and April on charges of rioting and vandalism, including torching of a supermarket, a police station and two government buildings and damaging cars.