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A prison sentence, a fine, and deportation from the country against an expatriate worker for selling an unauthorized commodity

23/12/2019

The Muscat Court of First Instance issued a court ruling against an expatriate worker for the offense of trading unauthorized goods, who served a prison sentence of three months and imposed a fine of 500 Omani Rials with the order to deport him from the country for life in violation of the Consumer Protection Law No. 66/2014.

 

 

The details of the case are due to the Public Authority for Consumer Protection receiving a set of reports from a number of consumers about the fact that an expatriate worker sold non-smoking tobacco to passers-by, and accordingly the measures in place were taken in such cases. After investigation and follow-up, it was found that he was selling chewed tobacco next to one of the cafes and when the quantity ran out he would go to his home to bring in an additional quantity.   An order that violates Article 7 of the Consumer Protection Law, which states that "it is prohibited to trade any counterfeit, corrupt, counterfeit, or unauthorized commodity". Therefore, a team of judicial arrest officers was formed to control the violator and seize the prohibition said, and then it was referred to the competent judicial authorities that issued the aforementioned ruling.

 

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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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