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Thirty-one people were handed jail terms by the Criminal Court in late October for their part in an alleged fraud in the power sector. Those convicted include senior government officials, among them former undersecretary at the Ministry of Housing, Electricity & Water (MHEW) Abdullah bin Ali Dawood, who was sentenced to 17 years in prison and fined. Hussain bin Mohammed bin Ali, a former ambassador of Oman to the UK, was convicted of forgery.