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For making and distributing chewing tobacco Two verdicts of imprisonment, expulsion from the country and confiscation of seizures in Ibra

18/09/2019

The court of first instance in Al Qabil has issued two verdicts convicting two defendants for violating the Consumer Protection Law. They were sentenced to three months' imprisonment and fined OMR 2,000 each with the order to deport them from the country and confiscate seizures.

 

Regarding the details of the incident, the Consumer Protection Department received information about the manufacture and circulation of chewed tobacco and unauthorized cigarettes by a migrant worker. Accordingly, the Department has taken the necessary legal procedures and verified the information. In coordination with Al-Qabil Police Station and the Public Prosecution Department in Ibra, a large quantity of non-smoked chewed tobacco being prepared was seized in addition to other quantities ready for marketing as well as unauthorized cigarettes. This is in contravention of the provisions of Article (7) of the Consumer Protection Law and Administrative Decision No. (256/2015) amended by Decision No. (301/2014), which prohibits the circulation of non-smoked chewed tobacco. An amount of OMR 97635 was seized with the first defendant and OMR 354,775 with the second defendant, the sums they gained from unauthorized trade. After the completion of the two cases, they were referred to the judicial authorities, who in turn issued the above judgments.

 

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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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