Oman appeals court upholds sentences over social media post

December 6, 2012 15:55

MUSCAT - An Omani court of appeal has upheld jail sentences for six people over social media posts that a previous court ruled amounted to "slander" against the country's ruler, the state Oman News Agency has reported.

The defendants were each sentenced in July to jail terms of 12 to 18 months and fined 1,000 Omani rials ($2,600) for the postings on Twitter and Facebook.

The rulings were part of a crackdown on dissenters after Oman quelled its own version of Arab Spring protests last year.

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