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For violating the consumer protection law Imprisonment and fines in Suwaiq


The Primery Court in Suwaiq recently issued a verdict against violators of the consumer protection law, with conviction, imprisonment and over OMR 2,000 in fines.


The case started when the law enforcement officers, PACP Al Batinah North, noticed a shop pricing the goods on the shelves different than the prices at the cashier, and following investigations and asking the employee in the shop, he stated that the shelves had different goods and after replacing the goods the old prices remained on the shelves. The case was referred to the public prosecution and following their investigations the individual confessed and acknowledged the charge, and he stated that he, and another person who don’t work in the same shop, are responsible for setting the prices in the cashier register. Thus the case was referred to the court concerned which issued a verdict against the first and second accused for violating the consumer right in getting the goods for the advertised price, and decided on 3 month imprisonment and OMR 2,000 fine, with stay of execution for the imprisonment and OMR 400 out of the fine to be paid equally between both, while the second individual was sentenced for working for other than the original sponsor and in in a job different than the job in the labor permit, and obliged him to pay a fine of OMR 400, OMR 200 payable, and deportation.


 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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