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Jail time and deportation of an expat from Oman for the sale of Chewing tobacco and banned cigarettes in a coffee shop

20/09/2018

The Court of First Instance in the Wilayat of Samail recently ruled in conviction of an expat from Asian nationality, for the violation of Consumer Protection Law as promulgated by Royal Decree No. 66/2014. The ruling was in favor of 3 months jail time, cancellation of authorization, and permanent deportation from the country, as well as, the disposal of the seized goods.

 

The Consumer Protection Department in Al-Dakhiliyah Governorate received information on a coffee shop that was dealing with chewing tobacco and banned cigarettes. The law enforcement officers immediately inspected the coffee shop to verify the information, where 470 Royale cigarette packs were seized as well as 15 bags of Afzal chewing tobacco in addition to other types of cigarettes. The seized goods were hidden in the coffee shop restroom. Some food items and soft drinks were also stored in the restrooms in violation of the health and safety conditions. 

 The worker in the coffee shop was interrogated and confessed to the crime he was charged with, the case file was referred to The Public Prosecution in Samail which investigated the case and forward it to the Court of First Instance in the wilayat. The Court convicted the accused in the misdemeanor of dealing with banned goods with 3 months jail time, a misdemeanor of working out of the scope of the sponsor with one month jail time, the penalties were combined with only the harshest executed, which is 3 months jail time, with the cancellation of his authorization, permanent deportation, disposal of the seized goods with notification to the authority concerned. A summary of the ruling was published in two widely circulated newspapers one in English and the other in Arabic at the convicted expense, and he was also obliged to pay fees for the public lawsuit.

PACP advises all traders and providers to abide by the Consumer Protection Law and its Executive Bylaws, in order to protect consumers, and make sure that there are no dealings in any products or provision of any services, prior to the fulfillment of all the health and safety requirements and obtain the licenses and permits from the authorities concerned, before conducting commercial activities.

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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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