Royal Decree

Royal Decree 120/2020 Amending Some Provisions of the Criminal Procedure Law

2020/120 120/2020

We, Haitham bin Tarik, the Sultan of Oman

after perusal of the Basic Statute of the State,

and the Criminal Procedure Law promulgated by Royal Decree 97/99,

and in pursuance of public interest,

have decreed as follows

Article I

The text of the second paragraph of article 221 of the aforementioned Criminal Procedure Law is hereby replaced with the following text:

The felony court shall not issue a death sentence except by consensus. It shall, prior to issuing such a sentence, send the related documents to a committee to be formed by orders of His Majesty the Sultan under the chairmanship of the Grand Mufti of the Sultanate or his assistant, and with the membership of two persons of expertise to be nominated by the chairman of the committee to offer their opinion from a Sharia perspective. If the opinion of the committee does not reach the court within sixty days following receipt of the related documents, the court shall rule on the case, and If no consensus is reached, the death sentence will be replaced with life imprisonment.

Article II

This decree shall be published in the Official Gazette, and comes into force on the day following the date of its publication.

Issued on: 24 Safar 1442
Corresponding to: 12 October 2020

Haitham bin Tarik
Sultan of Oman

Published in Official Gazette 1362 issued on 18 October 2020.