53-year-old driver faces seven years in jail for accident which killed 17 people
Two lawyers have been appointed to defend the Omani bus driver in the Mwasalat Dubai death crash which killed 17 people.
A statement from the Oman Embassy in the UAE said: “Referring to what has been circulated in social media, regarding the bus driver’s brother’s appeal for help, the embassy has appointed a lawyer to defend the driver. The lawyer also met with the defendant today.”
Mwasalat, the Omani government-owned transport company, has also appointed a lawyer to defend the 53-year-old driver, according to a report in the Times of Oman.
The accident happened earlier this month when the bus, which had 31 passengers on board and was travelling from Muscat to Dubai, crashed into a signpost along Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road near the Rashidiya exit to the metro station.
The driver faces up to seven year in jail as well as a fine, in addition to paying a sum of AED3.4mn to the families of the deceased as a result of the accident.