Muscat: Following an action initiated by the directorate-general of consumer protection, a special court in North Al Batinah governorate slapped fines worth OMR2,500 on businessmen found violating the consumer protection laws.
The directorate-general of consumer protection in Sohar had booked these businessmen for putting up for display items that had crossed their expiry dates or were found selling rotten meat. Others were indulging in falsely advertising their goods and over-charging consumers.
The court convicted them for violating consumer rights and indulging in activity that could be detrimental to the safety and health of the consumers. Those dealers and suppliers who had not mentioned the prices on the items, attracted a fine of OMR1,500 in all. The court also ordered that these items be confiscated and destroyed.
The violations were detected during inspection drives carried out by the directorate-general of consumer protection in the North Al Batinah governorate. The accused owned up to their crime before the Public Prosecution and the case was handed over to the special court.
In another case, the directorate-general swung into action after it received a complaint about two people selling rotten meat, and found 150kg of rotten meat of different types. Laboratory tests established that the meat was indeed unfit for human consumption.
The matter was handed over to the Public Prosecution where the accused accepted his mistake. The court slapped a fine of OMR300 against the accused. It also ordered that the items should be confiscated and destroyed.
The court also slapped a fine of OMR200 against a person who was falsely promising discounts on certain sanitary items but was, in fact, selling these at actual price. Yet another businessman found charging more than the actual price was fined OMR500.