Imprisonment for Omanis convicted of trying to topple the regime
Oman, Politics, 5/3/2005
An Omani court on Monday issued sentences of one to 20 year imprisonment against 31 persons who were convicted of being members in a "banned secret organization" seeking to topple the regime in the Sultanate.
Muscat court, which is specialized with the state security issues, sentenced to 20 year imprisonment 6 persons, 10 years for 12 persons, 7 years for other 12 and one year for one man.
The court accused the convicted persons of preparing to topple the ruling system by means of force in order to establish the Imam's ruling system and being members in a banned secret regime as well as having weapons and raising financial donations and organizing seminars to attract new members for the organization.
Hundreds of Omani took the streets on Monday in Muscat amid tightened security measures demanding the alleviation of sentences against the accused men and the interference of Sultan Qaboos so as the sentences not to be life imprisonment or death penalty.
Worthy mentioning that the Imam system, a tradition for the Abadi sect, dates back to several centuries. It is based on putting political and religious leadership at the hands of the Imam after this system was abrogated in the Sultanate in 1959.
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