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Oman to create DNA database of criminals

Police to use the DNA to link convicts to other unsolved crimes

Oman to create DNA database of criminals

Oman is preparing to create a DNA database of jailed criminals, according to Muscat Daily.

The move would help improve police investigations and prosecutions, a senior official was quoted as saying.

The DNA also would be used to help solve old cases, Royal Omani Police directorate general of criminal inquiries and investigation Wafaa Salim Al Harrasy said.

“We have already started creating DNA profile of all the convicts lodged in our prisons,” she was quoted as saying.

“If the person commits a crime again after the completion of his prison term, it will be easier for us to nab him. The person’s DNA profile will help us to solve the crime faster.

“Statistics reveal that a percentage of people who have committed minor offences have also committed more serious crimes.”

The DNA would be collected using buccal swaps from inside the mouth rather than blood.

“It will save time and money,” Al Harrasy said.

“A criminal always leaves some evidence in the form of DNA while committing a crime. Our experts collect this evidence in order to associate the criminal to the crime.

“Many countries have started maintaining DNA databases of convicts in prisons and suspects to solve crimes. We are moving ahead in the same direction.”