Oman sentences 15 protesters for unrest

Judicial authorities in Oman say 15 protesters have been sentenced to jail terms.

Muscat (Oman): Judicial authorities in Oman
say 15 protesters have been sentenced to jail terms for taking
part in violent demonstrations calling for more jobs and other
reforms from the Gulf nation`s rulers.

The officials say the sentences range from one month
to one year. They are linked to unrest that included looting
and damaging government buildings after protests broke out in
February inspired by the Arab uprisings across the region.

The officials spoke today on condition of anonymity
because they were not authorized to brief media.

Security forces have tightened their hold in Oman
since storming protester encampments last month.

Oman`s ruler, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, has promised
concessions including 50,000 new civil servant jobs.

PTI

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