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Wednesday, 24 December, 1997, 14:56 GMT
Oman shocked by murder case

A group of five Pakistanis and three Indians has been charged with a double murder in the Gulf state of Oman which has attracted intense media coverage there.

The men are charged with stabbing to death two elderly market watchmen in the town of Sinaw and could face the death penalty if convicted.

The trial begins next week .

The BBC correspondent in Dubai says violent crime is rare in the Gulf states and the case has shocked the public in Oman.

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