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Imprisonment and fines in Nizwa

02/02/2017

The Primary Court, Nizwa, issued five verdicts against several companies for violating the consumer protection law No: 66/2014, with imprisonment, conviction, compensation and fines totaling more than OMR 3,000.
 

 

The first three verdicts started when Consumer Protection Al Dakhliya received several complaints against a company active in aluminum kitchens and accessories, stating that the company did not perform the work within the timeframe agreed between the parties, and the company procrastinated in its performance. Consumer Protection carried out the procedures required, and after completing its work transferred the files to the public prosecution Nizwa to complete their investigations and take it to the court concerned. The court decided to convict the shop owner and the laborer with imprisonment and OMR 600 fines for the public right, and compensate the plaintiffs OMR 1,650 in two verdicts, and the third verdict was transferred to the civil court concerned.
The fourth verdict resulted from a complaint by a consumer against a company he agreed with to decorate his house, but the company did not perform and started wasting time. After completing the procedures required, Consumer Protection referred the file to the public prosecution Nizwa to investigate, and then refers it to the court concerned which decided to convict the violator for not performing the agreed service, and imposed a fine of OMR 500 for the public right, along with legal fees.
The fifth verdict also resulted from a complaint by a consumer reporting a commercial shop in Nizwa dealing with pharmaceutical products without license. The law enforcement officers immediately visited the shop and verified the report, and seized 137 strips of the products, along with the legal procedures. The Ministry of Health was contacted regarding the product, and the reply confirmed that it is a medicine to be traded and issued only through licensed pharmacies and based n prescription by licensed doctors. After completing the file it was transferred to the public prosecution for investigation and referral to the court concerned, which decided to convict the accused for selling pharmaceutical products to the public without license, for which the penalty is six months imprisonment, with stay of execution, and a fine of OMR 500 for the public right, along with legal expenses and seizure of the goods.

 

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CONSUMER LINE

 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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