Photo: Omani Army checkpoints now firmly in charge at Sohar. Great pic ripped from Dan & Jillian's blog (more pics after the jump)
Oman's Public Prosecution office issued the following statement of explaination:
A Statement issued by the Public Prosecution
Muscat, March 29 (ONA)--- The Public Prosecution issued the following statement;
"Out of the royal approach of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said represented in the wise policy of self control, not to use of power by the military and security apparatuses - which oversee the developments to preserve the achievements of this country,
Despite the acts committed by some people are criminalized by the law, and the consecutive statements issued by the Council of Ministers, the State Council, Majlis A'Shura, the National Commission for Human Rights and the office of the Grand Mufti,
Out of the responsibilities, obligations and powers of the Public Prosecution, as stipulated in the Basic Law of the State and the respective laws which ensure the enforcement of the penal law, chasing criminals and take over the public claims in the name of the society as it has the power to initiate such claim before the competent court,
Based on the complaints and notifications made by adversely affected citizens from the acts of the irresponsible group which banned the existing authorities from carrying out their functions, rioting with intent of violence, disruption of public order, destructing and vandalizing the public and private utilities, prejudicing the public comfort or tranquility, blocking public roads leading to banning traffic movement or causing difficulty in traffic flow and assault on the security personnel
The Public Prosecution has issued orders to the respective departments to chase doers of such acts, arrest and place them under custody for investigation The respective departments and security apparatuses arrested the wanted vandals in the wilayat of Sohar. The outcome of investigation and its results will be unveiled later and those convicted will be referred to the competent court.
The Public Prosecution affirms that doing such acts is a crime penalized by the Omani Penal Law and other laws in force. Such acts held the doers liable before the law.
The Public Prosecution calls up on all citizens to cooperation and not to be hesitant in notifying the respective authority of any acts that jeopardize Law and order to risk.
May Allah safeguard Oman and His Majesty the Sultan and the Omani people wellbeing.
Photo: Where it all started - the Globe roundabout several weeks ago
I'm told that the ROP last night forceably cleared the Sohar roundabout of protesters. Not a lot of details, but talk of multiple arrests.
The protests in Oman continue to get international news coverage, especially the focus on corruption.
This may indicate that there is an urge in the leadership to start drawing the line at what has, in many places, seemed to become effectively mob rule. Any updates from readers?
Meanwhile, there are various groups organising for all sorts of things, from free phones to nationalisation of Petroleum Development Oman.
More on that soon.
PS In support of His Majesty someone just uploaded this clip of HM firing a rifle in celebration at a previous rally. As a soldier, he knows how to handle a weapon.