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‏Verdicts, fine and imprisonment against violators of Consumer Protection Law in Barka

23/03/2017

‏The primary court in Barka recently issued two verdicts of conviction, imprisonment and fines totaling more than OMR 3,000 against several commercial establishments for the misdemeanor of violating the Consumer Protection Law promulgated by the Royal Decree No.66/2014.

 


‏The first case started with information received by PACP in Barka regarding expat workers dealing with meat and carcasses waste in one of the farms. PACP conducted an investigation and research to verify the information and accordingly, communicated with the Public Prosecution in order to obtain a search warrant, after that, the site was raided and the expat workers were caught red handed, cutting and cleaning animals meats in an environment that does not comply with the requirements of health and safety and without a license from the authority concerned. PACP immediately took procedures regarding the violation and the case file was referred to the public prosecution in Barka after completion, the case was referred by the public prosecution to the competent court which issued a verdict against the accused for two months in prison and a fine of OMR 500 on each one of them.
‏The second case started in the seizure of expired frozen chicken in a shop by law enforcement officers during their inspection campaigns which is against the Consumer Protection Law.
‏PACP took the necessary measures with regard to the violation and the case file was sent to the authorities concerned after completion where a verdict issued against the accused for misdemeanor that he was charged with and imposed a fine of OMR 500 in addition to the confiscation of the seized goods.

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 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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