By Claire Valdini
Ammar Ma’amari riled Oman gov't by publishing medical report of killed protester
Jordanian authorities have
ordered the extradition of an Omani blogger after he published the medical
report of a man killed during demonstrations in his home country last year, according to the Times of Oman.
Ammar Ma’amari, who writes a
blog entitled ‘I Wish I Have Wings’, published details of the death of 36-year
old Abdullah Al Ghamlasi in March.
Al Ghamlasi reportedly died
from bullet wounds after getting caught up in the violence between police and
anti-government protesters in Sohar last February.
However, Omani authorities claimed Al Ghamlasi was a 19-year old discontented student, conducting an official inquiry into his death, details of which have yet
to be published.
Ma’amari, who teaches law at
the Irbid University in Jordan, was reportedly told by Jordanian intelligence
to pack his luggage in preparation for deportation, The Arabic
Network for Human Rights Information said
ANHRI criticised the move,
claiming in a statement on its website that “it would be a terrible crime if
the Jordanian authorities proceed to deport Ammar to the Sultanate of Oman”.
Ma’amari has claimed that
his website has been hacked on several occasions and its contents sabotaged.
His last dated entry was on March 4.
Hundreds of Omanis took to the streets last year amid the Arab Spring
protests calling for more jobs, higher pay and an end to graft by government
officials, but the scale of the protests and the scope of their demands were
much lower than in other Arab countries.