Repatriation as per charter — The arrests and repatriation of the illegal immigrants is conducted as per international agreements — MUSCAT — The Royal Oman Police (ROP) has arrested 4,134 intruders who tried to enter the Sultanate illegally in the first three months this year, said Lt Col Abdulkarim bin Murad al Balushi.
The ROP thanked citizens and residents who co-operated in apprehending the illegal immigrants who hailed from different countries, said Al Balushi, adding that, during the same period, the ROP repatriated 4,518 illegal immigrants after liaising with the embassies of their respective countries. Al Balushi explained that the arrest and repatriation of the illegal immigrants was conducted in accordance with international charters and agreements.
Al Balushi pointed out that most of the intruders come from Asian or nearby Arab countries in search for work or easy ways to gain money. However, he cautioned against harbouring such intruders who, he said, are a major source of crimes such as drug trafficking, theft, robbery. Meanwhile, The ROP arrested a man of Asian nationality who tried to smuggle 85 capsules of narcotics into the Sultanate.
A ROP Public Relations official pointed out that the man had swallowed the capsules before arriving. By the time the man reached Muscat International Airport, the ROP had already received a tip-off leading to his arrest. The smuggler was then transferred to the Police Hospital where X-rays showed the narcotics in his stomach. Then, necessary action was taken to remove the plastic bag of narcotics from the body of the man, who was put in a lock-up in preparation for his trial. The ROP foiled many similar narcotics smuggling operations this year.
The criminal investigation team at Al Amerat Police Station arrested three men on charges of abduction and robbery. The men, according to the report filed to the police station, were travelling in a taxi when an Asian man approached them requesting to be taken to the commercial district in Muttrah. The taxi driver agreed, but on the way he turned to a different, uninhabited destination. Then the tree men threatened the Asian man, using a knife and robbed him of his money and two mobile phones.
Then, they sped off, but the victim was able to take the taxi’s number, which led to the aggressors who, upon interrogation, confessed to the charges. Also, in the Wilayat of Al Amerat, a man was arrested by the ROP on charges of theft. An Omani woman reported that an unknown person broke into her house and stole her jewellery, three laptops, four mobile phones and her credit card, along with the secret code for that card. The man also used the credit card to draw money from the woman’s bank account. The suspect, who was arrested later, confessed to the crimes after being faced with evidence.