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Muscat: verdicts of jailtime against violators of the Consumer Protection Law


The Primary court in Muscat pronounced a conviction verdict in the misdemeanor of trading in a commodity that is unauthorized to be traded against an accused in jail time and a financial fine.


PACP law enforcement officers caught an accused during their routine inspections on commercial venues, the accused was selling and dealing with smokeless tobacco in commercial amounts, therefore, he was referred to the judiciary authorities to complete the legal procedures. The court ruled in favor of a three months jail time from which one month shall be enforced, seizure of the confiscated materials prior to disposal and for the accused to pay a financial fine in the amount of OMR 100 against which he shall be released as soon as he appeals the verdict and request a release unless he was imprisoned for another reason.


 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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