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Expats Face Fine, Jail and Deportation for Trading in Illegal Tobacco

  • Publish date: Tuesday، 15 August 2023 Last update: Thursday، 12 October 2023
Expats Face Fine, Jail and Deportation for Trading in Illegal Tobacco

The Consumer Protection Authority (CPA) has announced that two expatriates have been sentenced to imprisonment, fined OMR 400, and are set to be deported from Oman. This is due to their involvement in unauthorized commodity trading within the Al Wusta Governorate.

In Duqm, the First Instance Court has issued a legal decision against two violators of Consumer Protection Law No. 66/2014 for engaging in unauthorized commodity trading. The court found the two defendants guilty and ordered their imprisonment and deportation from the country.

The Consumer Protection Department in Haima received information about expat workers manufacturing and distributing non-smoking chewing tobacco in the Wilayat of Duqm. The Department has taken the legal procedures to guarantee the validity of the information, and coordinated with the Public Prosecution to obtain permissions.

In collaboration with the Royal Oman Police (ROP), a large amount of non-smoking chewing tobacco in the process of preparation was seized.

Additionally, law enforcement officials identified other batches ready for distribution and sale. The case was filed to the appropriate legal authorities, who issued their verdict against the violators.