Oman journalist freed on bail, 2 others still held
An Omani court released on bail one of three journalists on trial for allegedly criticising the judiciary. The three worked for the Azaman daily, which authorities this month shut down indefinitely, drawing condemnation from international rights groups. During the hearing on August 22, the court ordered the release of journalist Zaher al-Abri on bail, the Oman Human Rights Commission said. But Mr Azaman’s editor Ibrahim al-Maamari and his deputy Yousef al-Haj remained in custody, it said, adding the next hearing was set for August 29.