Oma­nis in In­dia can come home

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An In­dian court in Hy­der­abad or­dered on Fri­day the re­lease of five Omani na­tion­als de­tained in child brides case. They will soon re­turn to Oman.

The five Oma­nis are part of a group of eight men de­tained in In­dia since Septem­ber 2017.

In a state­ment, Sheikh Hamed Al Rawahi, Omani Am­bas­sador to In­dia, ex­pressed his plea­sure over the ac­quit­tal, not­ing, “The case has been ad­ju­di­cated and the ac­cused ac­quit­ted. The re­main­ing pro­ce­dures for the men to leave could take 3 to 4 weeks, af­ter mak­ing sure there is no ap­peal in the case, then hand­ing over their pass­ports, as well as is­su­ing exit visas to them.”

Talib Al Salhi, one of those de­tained, said, “The sen­tence was is­sued at 3:15 pm, and we are now wait­ing for the rest of the pro­ce­dures, in­clud­ing the is­suance of the rul­ing pa­per, af­ter which the lawyer will sub­mit a re­quest for the is­suance of pass­ports and other pro­ce­dures that will take some time. The most im­por­tant thing is the rul­ing of in­no­cence has been is­sued and we are happy for that, praise be to Al­lah.”

Mun­ther Al Salhi, son of one of the de­tained Oma­nis, said, “Praise be to Al­lah. We are happy with the news. My broth­ers and I cried from hap­pi­ness when we learned of the court’s de­ci­sion. Thank you to the con­cerned au­thor­i­ties for their ef­forts in re­solv­ing the is­sue.”

The five men have been held in Hy­der­abad, for over one year, hav­ing been ar­rested in Septem­ber 2017, along with three other Oma­nis, by po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing un­der-age mar­riages in the city.

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