Dubai bus crash: driver released on bail

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The bus driver who crashed into a road barrier in Dubai last month killing 17 passengers has been released on bail.

The 53-year-old was sentenced to seven years in jail after being charged for causing the wrongful death of 17 passengers and injuring 13 others.

But an appeal by his lawyer against the verdict has resulted in him being granted bail.

Dubai's top court also ordered the Omani national to pay AED 3.4 million in blood money for the families of the victims.

As reported by ARN News earlier, 12 Indian citizens, two Pakistanis and one passenger each from Ireland, the Philippines and Oman died when the bus they were travelling on from Oman to the UAE hit an overhead height restriction barrier at the Al Rashidiya exit from Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road on June 6.

The driver had already pleaded guilty to causing the deaths.

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