Six members of family sentenced for poaching

Muscat: The Court of Appeals sentenced six citizens of a family to six months in jail and a fine of RO3,000 for each after they were found guilty of poaching.

As per the details, the convicted killed four Arabian gazelles in Yiti-Wadi al Hilu in Muscat on July 27, 2017.  “They drove their 4WD (Toyota FJ Cruiser) up the mountain prompting an investigation by the wildlife inspectors of the Environment Conservation Office at the Diwan of Royal Court and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs. Local residents too confirmed that the same car has been sighted several times in the area.”

The vehicle was monitored until the next morning when the inspectors headed to the site at 6am and caught six people red-handed while poaching 4 Arabian gazelles using firearms.  The criminal investigations team visited the site and arrested the culprits. Legal actions were initiated in coordination with the Royal Oman Police (ROP).

The judge ordered the seizure of the vehicle and the firearms that were used in the crime.

As per the Law on Nature Reserves and Wildlife Conservation, anyone found guilty of intentionally killing, hunting or smuggling any animals, birds, plants or genetic materials that are deemed protected should be sentenced to a jail term not exceeding five years and not less than six months and a fine not less than RO1,000 and not exceeding RO5,000 or any of the two penalties.

The sentence also involve the confiscation of animals, birds, plants or genetic materials found in possession of the violator together with equipment, tools, divices and means of transport.