More than 2,500 in­fil­tra­tors ar­rested and 3,141 de­ported un­til Au­gust this year: ROP

Muscat Daily - - NATION - Our Correspondent Muscat

As many as 2,550 in­fil­tra­tors were ar­rested dur­ing the first eight months of this year com­pared to 2,071 caught dur­ing the same pe­riod last year.

Lt Col Ahmed bin Hu­maid al Sarkhi, direc­tor at the Anti-In­fil­tra­tion Depart­ment at the Direc­torate Gen­eral of Op­er­a­tions, said that Oman gives great im­por­tance to con­trol­ling in­fil­tra­tion and has var­i­ous laws to pro­tect the coun­try’s in­tegrity.

Sta­tis­tics re­leased by the Anti-In­fil­tra­tion Depart­ment show, 3,141 in­fil­tra­tors of dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties were de­ported this year un­til the end of Au­gust.

Lt Col Sarkhi ex­plained how in­fil­tra­tion can have a neg­a­tive ef­fect on the se­cu­rity of the coun­try.

It can be a source of dif­fer­ent types of crimes such as smug­gling which can be detri­men­tal to the so­cial and eco­nomic as­pect of the so­ci­ety. In­fil­tra­tion can also af­fect the coun­try’s job mar­ket.

“Some of th­ese intruders due to lack of jobs may com­mit crime and cause dam­age to na­tional and pri­vate prop­erty.”

How­ever, Lt Col Sarkhi said that the ar­rested in­fil­tra­tors are kept in cen­tres where they are pro­vided proper food, wa­ter and med­i­cal ser­vices nec­es­sary till they leave the coun­try.

“The in­fil­tra­tors un­dergo tri­als as per Oman’s laws and de­ported in ac­cor­dance with the in­ter­na­tional con­ven­tions and stan­dards re­lat­ing to this is­sue,” he said.

The ar­rested are kept in well-equipped cen­tres and pro­vided all the re­quired fa­cil­i­ties Lt Col Sarkhi

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