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As per the decision banning the import and sale of chewing tobacco: Jailtime and fine against two expats in Dibba

18/04/2018

 The Primary Court in Dibba has recently pronounced a verdict in favor of PACP, against two violators of the Consumer Protection Law in conviction, jailtime and fine in total of OMR 1,000.

 

The law enforcement officers of consumer protection suspected that some expat workers were selling chewing tobacco during an inspection visit of the establishment in which they work, therefore, the officers conducted research and investigation in that regard, and after completing the legal procedures they headed to their residence, where large quantities of chewing tobacco were seized and totaled 6,355 bags and 51 packs.

The accused confessed that they were selling tobacco in their place of residence, and the required legal procedures were completed. The case was then referred to the judicial authorities concerned to take the necessary steps, and the court convicted the accused of the misdemeanor of offering, and selling chewing tobacco in violation of article 3 of the Consumer Protection Law in reference to article 21 of the executive bylaws of the same law, and in violation of the Ministry Decision No. 256/2015 as amended banning the sale and import of chewing tobacco. The accused were penalized with ten years jailtime, and a fine of OMR 500 each with the seizure of the goods.

PACP advises all citizens and residents to avoid dealing in substances that harm the health and safety of the consumers, and to cooperate with the control agencies in case such incidents occur within their jurisdiction, and further to report and negative practices they notice in this regard. 

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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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