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For selling sick cattle meat Imprisonment and life expulsion for violators of the consumer protection law in Barka


The Court of First Instance in Barka has recently issued a judgment against a number of defendants in violation of the Consumer Protection Law promulgated by Royal Decree No. 66/2014, and sentenced them to conviction, imprisonment and expulsion from the country.



The incident is summarized in the receipt of information to the Department about the work of a migrant worker in coordination with some livestock workers to buy sick livestock  at low prices to be slaughtered in places far from control in a farm in Barka. In light of this, investigations were conducted and the inferences were collected. After verifying the information, the workers were monitored until the time they bought a bull and loaded it into a Pickup vehicle to deliver it to the farm in preparation for slaughter. In the meantime, the Barka General Prosecution Department was approached to take the inspection permit and the judicial assignment order for the veterinarian of the Barka Municipality. The farm was immediately raided and a foreign worker was seized with the tools for slaughtering and cutting. He prepared to slaughter the animal with a set of bags to put the meat in, with the remnants of previous slaughter on the site. The examination of the animal (bull) before slaughter by the veterinarian shows signs of disease. For further confirmation, the animal was slaughtered and samples of it were found to be infected with congestion in all parts with spots under the skins of the mucous membranes and collected gelatin under the skin and congestion in the gut as well as bleeding spots in the liver and heart and lung and lymph gland enlargement. In light of this, the whole carcass was destroyed due to the blood poisoning spread in all its parts and thus its unfit for human consumption while clearing the place of slaughter.
The Department immediately took action against the violation and the file was transferred after its completion to the public prosecutor in Barka who initiated the investigation and forwarded the file to the competent court. The court convicted the first and second accused of the misdemeanor of trading a corrupt product and the misdemeanor of non-conformity of the goods to the standards and the conditions related to health and safety, and sentenced them to imprisonment for one year for the first offense and six months imprisonment for the second offense. It also condemned the third accused of trading a corrupt and exploitative piece of work outside the authorized employer and sentenced him to one year imprisonment for the first offense and two months imprisonment for the second offense with the expulsion of all defendants from the country perpetually.
For his part, Yousuf bin Ahmed Al Riyami, Assistant Director of the Department said that it is important to create a real partnership between the Authority and consumers in order to deal with such acts that are not related to our religious values and to confront the fraud practiced by such a small group. In their farms when renting them, stressing the importance of the owners of the private farms paying attention to what is going on their farms when renting them.


 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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