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Anna supporters granted bail in Dubai

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

world Updated: Sep 05, 2011 12:42 IST
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Five Anna Hazare supporters who were jailed in Dubai in August 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 on Sunday.

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 TK, 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.