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For trade prohibited substances A judicial sentence of four months' imprisonment, expulsion from the country and confiscation of seizures in Ibra

18/06/2019

The Court of First Instance issued a judicial ruling against a violator of the Consumer Protection Law issued by Royal Decree No. (66/2014), who was convicted, imprisoned and deported from the country with confiscation of the seized.

 

 

The Consumer Protection Department has received information on the production and distribution of non-smoking tobacco and banned cigarettes. Accordingly, it has taken the necessary legal measures, as the information was confirmed, and then coordinated with the public prosecution to take the necessary permissions as specified by law. After moving to the scene, large quantities of non-smoking tobacco prepared and other quantities were seized, as well as quantities of cigarettes that were not allowed to be traded. This is contrary to the law and decision No. (256/2015) amended by resolution (301/2014), which prohibits the circulation of chewed tobacco. An amount of OMR 35,550 was seized by the accused, which he earned from unauthorized trade. Accordingly, the case file was referred to the competent judicial authorities, which issued a verdict condemning the defendant for the hoax of trading prohibited items, and the sale of cigarettes that are not in accordance with specifications and standards, and working outside the sponsor’s sector and in other professions authorized to work. The court sentenced him for the first and second misconducts of imprisonment for four months and the third for a month's imprisonment. The penalties are imposed on each other and the most severe ones are carried out, with the order of expulsion from the country after the execution of the sentence and depriving him from entry permanently as well as confiscating the seized items in order to destroy them, and confiscating the amounts collected from the offense in favor of the State Treasury.

 

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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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