Oman police solve murder case mystery

MUSCAT — Police have solved the case of an Asian found murdered in a hotel apartment in the southern city of Salalah with the arrest of the culprit within 72 hours after the crime was committed.The victim was stabbed to death and his body burnt to conceal the crime.

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Published: Sun 24 Oct 2010, 11:22 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:27 AM

A special investigation team set up by the Royal Oman Police (ROP) arrested the accused, also an Asian, who was found in possession of a gold chain, rings, cash and a mobile phone.

All items, a spokesman for ROP said, belonged to the victim. Confronted with the evidence, the alleged murderer confessed to killing his friend after a quarrel. Police also reported the arrests of 21 people for trafficking in narcotics and drug abuse. Various quantities of hashish and heroin and psychotropic substances were recovered from them, police said.

In another case, police arrested a gang involved in circulating fake currency. The gang consisted of six persons, including a Gulf national who, police said, arrived here bringing large quantities of a Gulf currency which is no longer in circulation.

He persuaded the other five, all nationals, to sell the fake currency at less than the nominal value. All the six were detained while they were looking for prospective buyers and delivering the fake money in Maawelah and Al Khuwair in the capital.

Police said the confiscated money carried a nominal value of RO16,000.

Run-over accidents

MUSCAT— Incidents of people being run over by vehicles is increasing in the country, especially in the Batinah region and Muscat.

These caused the deaths of 56 people in Batinah and 46 in Muscat so far this year; several more were injured. Lieutenant-colonel Nasir bin Salim al Haddabi, Director of Sohar Traffic, said most of the run-over accidents in the Batinah occurred on internal roads.

He urged motorists to adhere to speed limits and pedestrians to take more care while crossing roads. Captain Salim bin Mohammed al Kaf, head of patrolling at Muscat traffic administration, majority of cases of run-overs in the Muscat governorate occurred near flyovers and underpasses.

In steps to check the trend, he said, many pedestrians had been booked for unsafe road crossing and the offences entered in national ID cards for citizens and residence ID cards for expatriates. Motorists who refused to slow down on approaching zebra crossings were also being booked by traffic police, he added.

Kaf said traffic patrols frequently noticed pedestrians risking their lives by crossing the road that joins Al Sahwa roundabout to the Sultan Qaboos Road and up to Al Khoud flyover where the speed limit is 120 km/hour.

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