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For selling chewed tobacco to minors, imprisonment for an expatriate worker in Dhofar

24/01/2019



The Court of First Instance in Salalah has recently issued a judgment against a defendant accused of trading an unlicensed commodity, contrary to the Consumer Protection Law promulgated by Royal Decree No. 66/2014, and sentenced him to imprisonment and fined him a financial amount.

 

 

The Consumer Protection Department in Dhofar received a consumer notification stating that an expatriate worker had sold chewed tobacco to minors in a residential neighborhood in Salalah. After confirming the information, the inspection permit was taken from the competent authorities. The quality control specialist inspected the shop where the defendant worked, and it turned out that most of their clients were minors. After dealing with the sale of chewed tobacco, he admitted that he sold chewed tobacco to a minor with the help of another worker, which is against article 7 of the Consumer Protection Law, which states, “It shall be prohibited to trade in any adulterated, corrupt, counterfeit commodities or any commodities that are not authorized for trading and the same may not be advertised and the regulations shall determine what commodities shall be deemed as adulterated, corrupt or counterfeit.” Accordingly, the Department took legal action in this regard. The file was referred to the Public Prosecution which referred the case to the competent court, which in turn issued a verdict condemning the accused for trading an unauthorized commodity not to trade and helping and facilitating the exposure of juvenile delinquency. He was sentenced to three months 'imprisonment for the first one and three months' imprisonment and a fine of OMR 100 for the second.
The Director of the Department Ali bin Salem Al-Basrawi stressed the need for parents to take care of the children and to know the places they frequented and not to underestimate their health and safety, to avoid being caught in the hands of the abusers who do not hesitate to destroy future generations for quick gain and the need to report the presence of violators through the channels of communication of the Public Authority for Consumer Protection or Hotline for the safety and health of all. The Public Authority for Consumer Protection calls that it will not hesitate to apply the law, as chewed tobacco trade is a crime against society that is punishable by law.

 

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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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