Muscat, July 18

Six people, including a woman, have been sentenced to a year in prison for offending Oman's monarch Sultan Qaboos Bin Said on social networking website Facebook.

Satellite TV station al-Maiadin said a Muscat court convicted the six of "offending the sultanate and breaking electronic information law" by posting comments on the website.

The six people were also ordered to pay a fine.

A lawyer for the defendants said they have lodged an appeal against their sentences.

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