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One of the largest tobacco manufacturers in Dhofar Two years' imprisonment, deportation from the country, confiscation of the vehicle and a fine for expatriate labor in Dhofar

25/04/2019


The Court of First Instance in Salalah issued a judgment in favor of the consumer protection department in Dhofar

 

against expatriate workers in the trade of a commodity that is not permitted to be traded, violating the consumer protection law issued by Royal Decree No. 66/2014. The court sentenced the defendants to two years' imprisonment and a OMR 2000 fine, confiscation of seizures and vehicles and their deportation from the country.
The details of the ruling are based on the receipt of information by the Consumer Protection Department of Dhofar that foreign labor has distributed chewing tobacco (Mawa) to some shops within Salalah and a number of neighboring Wilayats. The distributors sell tobacco products that are not smoked in secret. Thus, the judicial control officers in the Department monitored one of the accused while driving the vehicle and notes from the vehicle's track that they take the chewing tobacco at night from one of the farms in Salalah and distribute it. After observing the farm for two weeks, it was found that it has a house used where foreign workers manufactures it during the day on specific days of the week. The first defendant, in cooperation with another person, uses a four-wheel drive to load the quantities and distribute them to shops. It was also noted with the police officers that the main suspect in the distribution process is wearing Omani clothes to avoid any suspicion. After collecting the inferences and checking the location and what was happening inside, the inspection permission was taken for the house that is located inside the farm and the vehicle. A team was formed in cooperation with the police and raided the site at night after the first accused and his assistant entered to take the ready quantities for distribution. They were caught while they were carrying bags of ready-made tobacco in the vehicle while other workers were able to escape. Large quantities of different chewing tobacco were scattered on the floor in black bags and boxes with unclear names and symbols used in manufacturing. After taking the minutes of the question with the defendants, the case file was referred to the public prosecution, who in turn referred the matter to the competent court in Salalah, which ruled that the defendants were convicted of trading a commodity that is not authorized for circulation and issuing the aforementioned ruling.
Ali bin Salem Al Basrawi, Director of the Department, said that the manufacture, circulation and sale of chewing tobacco is in contravention of the Consumer Protection Law. He pointed out that the Authority will not hesitate to take all legal measures to eliminate these prohibited practices and contrary to the law of consumer protection in order to protect the health and safety of the consumer, appealing to all in cooperation with the regulatory authorities in the event of such harmful phenomena and to report any negative practices that harm the health and safety of the consumer.

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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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