Just a few of the poor victims who were injured (some more serious than others) by a senseless shooting spree by 2 Omanis. (Photo from Times of Oman from story back in November, 2013)
Sunday, the 2 accused Omanis who were caught red-handed (and confessed) stood trial. Read the full article here from today’s Times of Oman.
The “men”, when asked by the judge why they shot 19 people (mostly migrant workers…) said their motive was “for the sake of adventure“. ?!?!? I hope they discover the “adventure” of what life is like behind bars for many years. They were asked why they “opened fire” but that is not giving the truth sense of their crimes. This was not a one time event (which would be a proper use of “opening fire”) but was rather a month-long joy ride for these two as they sought to seek physical pain on other human beings. Not once, not twice…but at least 19 times (that we know about and were reported) over a one month period!!! These were not young kids but adults of 21 and 22 years of age who should know better.
Reading that article seemed to me more like a defense rather than an objective piece.
- “a weapon normally used for shooting birds” (Really?!)
- explaining that thousands of rials had been paid to the victims (So what?! They still need to pay the consequences for their crimes!)
- Pleas from the parents not to penalise their sons (AT ALL?!?!?!?! Are you kidding me?!)
- Because they are both government workers, they should be punished even more harshly! One of the “men” was recently married?!? Therefore, mercy should be shown to him?! And what about THE VICTIMS?! Sounds like the makings of a “wonderful father” there. Scary stuff!
It’s not surprising that the writer of this article, has written other less than stellar articles. The Oman Forum had a comment thread on one of his appalling articles on how the “rise in population of expat labour class worries citizens“. An article that doesn’t seem to be present any longer on the Times of Oman website. I wouldn’t be surprised if the xenophobic article suddenly went missing from the Oman Forum as well. Hmm, so let me see…this reporter writes about the dangers of expat labour class workers which could be labelled as fear mongering and then 2 Omanis shoot predominantly migrant workers around the capital. The same writer then writes (what seems to me) a mostly one sided article which mostly contains pleas from the shooters parents. Interesting.
Where are the quotes and stories of lost income and pain suffered by the victims and their families? Why did the court reserve its judgment and why are they waiting till next month? Are these 2 men in custody or free to walk around? It will be interesting to see what (if any) punishment is dished out to these 2 individuals. Or will the public be informed at all? I wonder how the story would go if 2 migrant workers were found to be targeting Omanis…would the decision be postponed one month or would there be swifter justice? There still has been nothing in any of the papers about the punishment (if any) of the 5 boys from Sohar who assaulted, kidnapped and raped an Asian lady back in March of last year! Don’t we have a right to know the outcome and court decisions of such heinous crimes which have already been made aware to the public?!