Oman sets trial of protesters for June 1: Reuters

Oman sets trial of protesters for June 1

27 protesters were arrested in Sohar in March and April on charges of rioting and vandalism

May 28, 2011–Muscat:

(Reuters) The trial of 27 protesters accused of rioting during violent demonstrations in Oman will start next Wednesday, a court official said.

In Oman, pro democracy demonstrations have been relatively small scale, and demands have focused more on higher wages, jobs and an end to graft.

“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, who did not want to be named because he was not authorised to speak to the press, told Reuters on Saturday.

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.

Sohar is about 250km from the capital Muscat. Rights group Amnesty International has urged Oman to charge or release the protesters.

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