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For dealing in banned commodities: jail, fine and deportation of an expat in Masirah


The Primary Court in Masirah has recently pronounced a verdict of conviction against an accused for the violation of the Ministerial Decision No. 38/2010 pertaining to the ban on the import and sale of chewed tobacco (smokeless), and the misdemeanor of selling Mehr cigarettes that do not fit the standards and specifications, and further in the misdemeanor of selling tobacco without an authorization and in contradiction to his authorized occupation.


The law enforcement officers in the Consumer Protection Department in Masirah were able to catch an expat during one of their inspection tours, he was selling cigarettes that do not fit the standards and specifications, and working in an unauthorized occupation. The case file was completed and referred to the court, which convicted him for the first violation to spend 10 days in jail and an OMR 100 fine, and for the second violation a fine of OMR 100. The penalties shall be combined and the harshest shall be implemented, the convicted was also obligated to pay the criminal 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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