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Date set for driver to appeal sentence in deadly bus crash case

The Omani national was sentenced to 7 years in prison and ordered to pay compensation to the families of the victims

Date set for driver to appeal sentence in deadly bus crash case
The Omani embassy in the UAE is assisting the driver in defending his case in front of Dubai prosecutors.

A Mwasalat driver at the centre of a deadly Dubai bus crash that left 17 dead in June will appeal his seven-year prison sentence in September, according to Omani media reports.

On July 11, the 53-year old Omani national was sentenced to prison and ordered to pay AED 3.4 million ($925,694) in compensation to the families of the victims.

Citing Oman’s ambassador to the UAE, Dr Khalid bin Said Salim Al Jaradi,a report in the Times of Oman noted that the driver is now slated to appear in the Dubai Traffic Court on September 19.

The Omani embassy in the UAE is assisting the driver in defending his case in front of Dubai prosecutors.

“We are seeking mitigation of the sentence for the Omani bus driver and we hope we are successful,” the ambassador was quoted as saying.

During the trial, the driver admitted a mistake in the lead-up to the crash, although he said that bright sunshine had obscured his vision seconds before the incident.

The driver’s attorneys, however, argued that the height barrier at the scene of the accident violated GCC standards and guidelines.

The passengers – who were returning from Oman following Eid Al Fitr holidays – included citizens of Germany, Ireland, India, Pakistan and the Philippines.

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