Muscat: A number of expats have been jailed and fined by authorities for manufacturing furniture using old and used wood, the Public Authority for Consumer Protection (PACP) announced.
The Court of the First Instances of Barka has awarded the first and second accused one-month jail-term and fined them OMR20 each. The court fined the a third accused OMR1,000.
The accused will also be deported once they serve their jail sentence. The expats were arrested in Barka for violating the Consumer Protection Law issued by Royal Decree No. 66/2014.
According to a PACP statement, "The Court of First Instance in the Wilayat of Barka recently issued a judicial ruling on the conviction of a number of expatriates for violating the Consumer Protection Law issued by Royal Decree No. 66/2014. The accused stored and manufactured furniture from old and used wood in a rented house in Barka, without obtaining the necessary approvals from the concerned authorities.
"The first and second accused were sentenced to one month in jail each and fined OMR20 each for working for another employer and changing their place of residence without informing the competent authorities. The third accused was also fined OMR1,000 for illegal manufacturing. All items were seized and the court ordered the deportation of the accused after they serve their jail sentence."