Judicial authorities in Oman say 15 protesters have been sentenced to jail terms for taking part in violent demonstrations calling for more jobs and other reforms from the Gulf nation's rulers.
The officials say the sentences range from one month to one year. They are linked to unrest that included looting and damaging government buildings after protests broke out in February _ inspired by the Arab uprisings across the region.
The officials spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief media.
Security forces have tightened their hold in Oman since storming protester encampments last month.
Oman's ruler, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, has promised concessions including 50,000 new civil servant jobs.