Viewing cable 05MUSCAT1109
Title: NOBEL PEACE PRIZE NOMINEE JAILED

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05MUSCAT11092005-07-16 02:20:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Muscat
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UNCLAS MUSCAT 001109 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PHUM PREL SOCI PINR MU
SUBJECT: NOBEL PEACE PRIZE NOMINEE JAILED 
 
REF: A. MUSCAT 931 
 
     ¶B. MUSCAT 716 
 
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Summary 
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¶1. (SBU) An outspoken elected former Shura Council deputy and 
current Nobel Prize nominee was sentenced July 13 by a Muscat 
court for insulting government officials in connection with 
the controversial arrests of Ibadhi activists charged by the 
government of belonging to an illegal organization.  Prior to 
her conviction, the former deputy complained to EmbOffs of 
irregularities in her trial, which has gained considerable 
regional attention.  End summary. 
 
¶2. (SBU) Tayba al-Ma'wali, one of Oman's first elected female 
Shura Council deputies and nominated this year among the 1000 
Women for the Nobel Peace Prize, was sentenced July 13 in a 
Muscat court to one and a half years in jail for insulting a 
public official while on duty and using a mobile phone to 
send allegedly slanderous and libelous text messages.  The 
verdict, which was expected to be handed down on the 13th, 
was reported to the Embassy by Ma'wali's sister. 
 
¶3. (U) Al-Ma'wali's case has garnered public attention since 
her vocal support of the thirty-one Ibadhis sentenced May 2 
for belonging to a secret organization earned her the 
scrutiny of Oman's security services.  An outspoken civil 
rights activist since leaving the Shura Council due to term 
limits in 2003, al-Ma'wali participated in a rare protest 
march following the sentencing of the Ibadhis on May 2 
(reftel B).  She often sent highly critical text messages to 
personal friends and relatives about the protest violence, as 
well as objectionable opinions of senior-ranking government 
officials.  These text messages were apparently intercepted 
by the government and entered into evidence against her 
during the trial. 
 
¶4. (SBU) Al-Ma'wali's summons to the Royal Oman Police in 
late June was quickly followed by a brief three-day trial and 
the July 13 sentencing.  Prior to sentencing, she met with 
EmbOffs to discuss her case and apparently also did a 
telephone interview on the Al Hurra satellite channel.  She 
alleged irregularities in her court case, including her claim 
that the prosecutor spent a considerable portion of the trial 
whispering with the judge and that her own attorney was not 
afforded opportunity for rebuttal.  She also asserts that the 
judge is the uncle of the Minister of Information, one of the 
primary complainants in the case.  (Further details of her 
meeting with EmbOffs will be reported septel.) 
BALTIMORE