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Izki: fines, prison time and permanent deportation against spoiled poultry sellers


The Primary court in Wilayat of Izki pronounced a verdict recently against two Asian accused in the misdemeanor of dealing, selling and storing spoiled commodities and lack of credibility to the consumers.


The verdict was in favor of conviction, one-year prison time and permanent deportation in addition to fines totaled OMR 17,000 and also the seizure and disposal of the commodities, for the violation committed by the establishment against the Consumer Protection Law as promulgated by Royal Decree No. 66/2014 and its Executive Bylaws, and for violating the Food Safety Law as promulgated by Royal Decree No.84/2008.
The department received a report by a consumer stating the he bought a box of chicken from one of the companies specialized in selling poultry products in the Wilayat of Izki, and when he opened the box he found that the chicken inside is from a different brand other than the one on the carton box, furthermore, the chicken was expired with weight discrepancies. The consumer immediately notified the department which took the necessary measures by going to the company’s head office to verify the report. During the inspection of the store that contained many refrigerators, 29 carton packs were found that were expired and tampered with in terms of data and weight, as one carton contain 800 gm of chicken and the other was 1,200 gm, the country of origin was different between local and imported.  
 Therefore, the commodities were seized and specialists at the department began the collection of evidence regarding the seizure with the store workers and the in-charged persons in the company, after completing the case file it was referred to the Department of Public Prosecution in Wilayat of Izki, then referred the case to the Primary Court in Izki which pronounced a verdict of conviction against the first accused of the misdemeanor of dealing and selling a spoiled commodity, lack of credibility ,providing the consumers with incorrect information, storing expired commodities that are unfit for human consumption in a food selling place, in addition to issuing an invoice on different papers than the company’s.
The court convicted the two accused in 6 months prison time and pay a fine of OMR 5,000 in the first case and for the second, one-year prison time with OMR 1,000 and the seizure of commodities in preparation for disposal, and further, to deport the two accused after doing time. The penalties shall be combined and only the harshest will be implemented and an amount of OMR 5,000 estimated in the appeal of the verdict.
Mr. Ali Abdullah Salim Al-Ibri, the head of the department stated in that regard, that PACP is extremely diligent in dealing with the received reports with professionalism and confidentiality whether in terms of raiding crime scenes, collecting the required evident and cooperation in the interest of the work, with the government institutions concerned or expedient and direct action after studying the importance of the subject matter of the report and forming a field team and an office  team to make sure that the available evidence at the time of the report do not get lost which will help in confronting the accused in the preparation of the evidence record and, interrogating the accused.
  Mr. Al-Ibri also stated that PACP advises all traders and providers to abide by the Consumer Protection Law and its Executive Bylaws and all other related laws and to have transparency and credibility towards the consumers in the provision of any services or commodities to avoid legal liability.                



 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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