Oman is set to impose a new tax on liquor and cigarettes starting June following a royal decree issued on Wednesday by Sultan Qaboos bin Said. The introduced "sin tax" will tariff 100 per cent on tobacco, alcohol, pork and energy drinks, and 50 per cent on carbonated drinks.
A member of the security team of Public Prosecutor Samir Hammoud was arrested on Friday on corruption charges. The detainee, a General Security member, is accused of receiving bribes in exchanges of favors. Last month, Judge Hani Hajjar, the government's assistant commissioner to the Military Court, pressed charges against eight civilians and two security forces members for obstructing justice, tampering with judicial files, as well as receiving and paying bribes.