Anna supporters granted bail in Dubai

Five Anna Hazare supporters who were jailed here last month for violating the national security laws of the UAE by organising an illegal protest march have been granted bail.

Updated: Sep 05, 2011, 11:50 AM IST

Dubai: Five Anna Hazare supporters who were
jailed here last month for violating the national security
laws of the UAE by organising an illegal protest march have
been granted bail.

The Public Prosecution in Dubai granted bail to the five
Indians yesterday.

The Indian nationals were held by Dubai Police for
organising a walk to support the anti-corruption movement
without obtaining permission from the local authorities.

Their first request for bail was rejected on August
25 as the Public Prosecution cited that the investigations
into the case had not been complete.

Hashik T K, the lawyer who represented three of the
accused, said, "All of them have secured bail. We are
finishing the paper works for their release."

The accused had to spend nine more days behind bars
since all government offices including the courts were closed
due to Eid holidays that ended yesterday.

The Indians were detained after one of them organised
a 3km walk in Al Mamzar Beach Park on August 21 to express
solidarity with social activist Hazare who was on an
indefinite hunger strike in New Delhi demanding a strong Jan
Lokpal bill.

The man had mobilised public support for the walk
through Facebook.

PTI