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Fine, imprisonment and seizure of goods in Rustaq


Primary Court, Rustaq, recently issued two verdicts against violators of the consumer protection law, including imprisonment, fines and seizure of goods.


The first verdict resulted when the law enforcement officials issued a ticket against a company for exhibiting goods after their date of expiry, and based on the seized goods, and following investigations, it became clear that the company violated the law, pursuant to article 20 of the consumer protection law No: 16/2014, stipulating that “the suppliers and advertisers undertake to observe transparency and credibility, and not to resort to false or misleading advertisements when promoting goods/services to the consumers.”. Legal procedures were taken against the company and the file was transferred to the legal party for the verdict of imprisonment for 2 months and a fine of OMR 500, and the destruction of seized goods along with legal expenses.
The second verdict resulted from a complaint by a consumer against a company he agreed with to produce, supply and fix decorative stones on the house façade, in addition to landscaping the front yard. After fixing the stones the consumer noticed defects and some stones were not consistent with the rest, also some stones were chipped and cracked, in addition to delaying the supply and fixing the synthetic stones as agreed. Following investigation the file was referred to the legal party for the verdict violating the consumer protection law and not fulfilling the agreement properly, and imposed a fine of OMR 300 along with legal expenses.


 No one imagined that greed and deviousness would reach such a staggering level that thought exist only in movies and investigative drama shows , yet it became a stark reality when some merchants sought to make a profit on the account of health and safety of the young and adults alike utilizing the God-given intellect that they posses into destruction and evil instead of serving public good , the devious plan used ( Back to school ) season by carving holes inside books and hiding chewing tobacco inside in away from the inspectors notice targeting the younger generation with these destructive materials that effect the health , mind and safety of our kids .
 The Judicial officers noticed that consumers come very frequently to a specific shop during one of the inspection tours which raised their suspicions to strengthening the monitoring and follow up on that matter , students were spotted in the shop as well , the Officers expediently intervened to inspect the shop , the inspection did not reveal anything at first , however , the officers noticed a stack of books and decided to inspect it , surprisingly , they found more than 600 pouches of chewing tobacco on its way to be sold and distributed on consumers and students , the officers immediately issued a violation and referred the case to the General Prosecution to deal with the matter as per the Law

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