Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Arizona meteorite hunters released from Omani arrest

I got home tonight just in time to catch a story on Tucson's KVOA channel 4 about two Arizona meteorite hunters, Michael Farmer and Robert Ward, who were arrested in Oman for illegal 'mining' and each held "25 days in an interrogation center in an 8 foot by 8 foot cement cell with a blanket on the floor" before being sentenced to 6 months in prison. A legal appeal and help from the US Embassy got them released last week, just before civil unrest started rippling through that Mideast nation. You can watch the video interview online.


  1. Anonymous2:26 AM

    Kind of bizarre. What they did was illegal and they knew. I've been to Oman for the last two weeks, there is definitely no civil war.

  2. Anonymous11:48 AM

    Perhaps you did not get "invited to jail or illegally detained or go into areas off the tourist sites???? dummy