April 28 – The Court of Criminal Appeal Muscat convicted two defendants for hunting the Arabian Gazelle in the Ras Al-Shajar sanctuary in Quriyat. The court sentenced them to six months ‘imprisonment, three months’ imprisonment and a fine of RO1,000. The second defendant was also convicted of violating the Weapons and Ammunition Law. The weapons and the vehicle used in the crime was seized from the second defendant, who have been also asked to pay the cost of the case.
The incident took place when the Quriyat police station received a report from the Ras al-Shajar Nature Reserve about two people trying to hunting down the Arabian gazelle inside the reserve. The two men, caught with the animal for animal, initially refused to accept the crime but later admitted that killed for Arabian Gazelle for personal consumption.
Hunting or smuggling of gazelles, oryx and deer from a nature reserve is a crime punishable by imprisonment of five years and a fine of RO5000, reiterated the Public Prosecution in Oman.