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Al-Sharqiyah North: jail time and deportation of an expat worker who was dealing in an unauthorized commodity

19/10/2017

The primary court in Al-Mudhaibi has recently pronounced a verdict of conviction, deportation and seizure of commodities against an accused for breaking the Consumer Protection Law.  

 

The Consumer Protection Department in Al-Sharqiyah North received information about a person who was storing and, selling unauthorized commodities. A search warrant was obtained after investigating and verifying the information as the law enforcement officers, in cooperation with ROP and the Public Prosecution, caught an expat worker selling and storing cigarettes that do not fit the standard specifications and, smokeless chewing tobacco in his residence and on top of the shop in which he works, the commodities were seized and the law enforcement officers accordingly took the legal measures in that regard and referred the case file to the competent legal authorities, which pronounced a verdict of conviction in the misdemeanor of dealing in an unauthorized commodities, with 3-months jailtime and the seizure of the commodities.
The accused was also found guilty of working without a permit from the authorities concerned for which he was sentenced one month jail time, and fined OMR 100, with the order of combining the two penalties and only the harshest is to be implemented, and an order of deportation and permanent barring from entering the country.

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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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