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Tue Jul 20 01:49:12 CDT 2004
death penalty news
July 20, 2004
OMAN / USA:
Oman Sentences U.S. Woman to Death in Husband's Murder
A Oman court sentenced a U.S. woman to death on Saturday for arranging her
husband's murder, and jailed her 14-year-old son for three years, an
official who attended the verdict said.
In another case, the court gave a life sentence to a German woman, Dana
Gerlich, and four Omanis for killing Gerlich's father in the Omani capital
Muscat in December.
The American woman was named as Rebecca Thompson. Police said in January
she had confessed to hiring two Omani assailants to kill her husband, oil
worker Mark Thompson.
The two Omanis, both 17, were jailed for 10 years each.
Thompson's body was discovered in late December. Within a week Omani police
said his wife had hired two men to kill him and said all three had been
detained and confessed to the crime.
Gerlich was sentenced over the shooting, also in December, of her father
Oman has strong military and diplomatic ties with the West and its society
is more tolerant of Westerners than some countries in the mainly
conservative Muslim Gulf region.
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