MUSCAT: Dr Mohammed bin Abdullah al Hashmi, Judge of the Supreme Court, and Head of the Judicial Inspection said that the promulgation of the new penal law comes within the royal care of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council to update the legal system and develop legislations to ensure sustainable development in all fields. He added in a statement that the penal law, besides the other laws, such as the civil transactions law, the investment law, the commercial companies law, the industrial and intellectual property law, the procedural law and other laws, contribute to enhancing the public security. It is also a major step forward in updating the laws in force and keeping pace with modern legislations.
The new Penal Code provides appropriate punishment that meet the needs of general and private deterrence and ensures the interests of the society. It also meets the needs to maintain public order and moral as well as safety of the individual property and souls. He pointed out that the new law is the outcome of a long path of revisions and co-ordination among the relevant stakeholders to avoid the remarks that appeared during the enforcement of the old penal code. ‘The judicial inspection, under the guidance of Shaikh Dr Ishaq bin Ahmed al Busaidy, Chairman of the Supreme Court and Head of the Administrative Council for Judiciary, keeps pace with the developments of the new law to ensure sound enforcement of the new law. — ONA