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Muscat: More than OMR 2,000 in fine verdicts against the violators of the Consumer Protection Law


The Primary Court in Muscat has recently pronounced a verdict of jailtime and fines against an accused in two misdemeanors: dealing in spoilt commodities and not providing pricing information of the commodity to the consumers, in violation of the Consumer Protection Law as promulgated by Royal Decree No. 66/2014.


 PACP law enforcement officers caught an employee in a commercial venue for not price tagging most of the consumable goods and for the offering of commodities that do not comply with standards and specifications in addition to expired commodities, therefore, a legal action was implemented against the accused by referring him to the judiciary authorities who pronounced a conviction verdict of the first misdemeanor in 3 months jailtime and a fine of OMR 2,000, and for the second misdemeanor in ten days jailtime and a fine of OMR 100. The penalties shall be combined, and the harshest penalty is to be implemented only, the authorities set a bail in the amount of OMR 100 against which the accused shall be released as soon as he appeals the verdict and requests a release unless he is imprisoned for a different reason, the accused was also obligated to pay the fees and declare his innocence from the misdemeanor of dealing in a commodity that is unauthorized for dealing.


 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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