Oman jails rights activist who wrote letter to Obama

March 8, 2015 3:16 PM

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DUBAI (Reuters) - An Omani court jailed a prominent activist for three years on Sunday for a range of offences including undermining the state, a charge a newspaper said was related to an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama about human rights in the country.

Western-allied Oman, which experienced Arab Spring protests in 2011, has tried to clamp down on public dissent, arresting rights activists who criticize authorities on social media.

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