Anyone know any details of the arrest?
Photo: ROP Coastguard vessel on the lookout for people smugglers
It will certainly help to get Oman back onto Tier 2 proper in the US State Dept. report on human trafficking due later this year. One of the main criticisms of the report last year was the way Oman's efforts against trafficking were all talk and no action.
Note the way the Gulf News put words in his mouth: "Without referring to recent criticism on Omani Blogs about ROP not making public news about crime, he said that the police in Oman does publish news about cases where accused have been convicted.
Despite those assurances however, there is almost no reporting of crime in Oman. This is not really the fault of the ROP, it's the fault of the newspapers. The Times of Oman could easily send a reporter to cover the cases in the criminal courts (which are open to the public) and print anything newsworthy. Even the Gulf News regularly prints details of arrests and trials.
Plus, I'd like to see publication of details of those convicted of traffic offences!
First human trafficking case in Oman: police chief
Gulf News, Staff Report
Published: March 02, 2009, 13:03
Muscat: The police chief in Oman has announced that the first case of human trafficking has been referred to the courts and assured that the guilty will be punished.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony of the 4th batch of Public Prosecution Department attorneys, Lt-Gen. Malik Bin Suleiman Al Maamari, Inspector-General of Police and Customs stressed that Oman does not hide anything and was keen on maintaining its good record based on the rule of law and justice, according to a report by the Oman News Agency (ONA).
However, the top police officer neither elaborated nor announced any further details of the human trafficking case that is to be heard by the courts here.
He reiterated that Oman was keen to maintain transparency in all its dealings. “We also monitor international law violations and time to time notify Interpol about them,” he said.
Without referring to recent criticism on Omani Blogs about ROP not making public news about crime, he said that the police in Oman does publish news about cases where accused have been convicted.
He stressed that there was no organised crime in Oman but said that police had recently arrested people involved in cyber-crimes. “Those held will be tried for these cyber crimes,” he added.