Dubai: Oman’s government has criticised a newspaper for publishing a story alleging improper interference in a court case, its first official comment since authorities detained the paper’s editor-in-chief. Rights groups have called for Oman to release Ibrahim al-Maamari of the daily Arabic newspaper Azamn, who is held over the story.
Oman issued the statement via its state-run news agency late yesterday night. The statement says the judiciary “should be an object of respect and gratification rather than a target of deliberate accusations meant to shake confidence.” The statement went on to say the sultanate’s government “has taken legal action against the perpetrators … but without excess or exaggeration.”
It did not elaborate. The US-based watchdog Freedom House considers Oman, ruled by Sultan Qaboos bin Said, as “not free.” (AP)
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