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PACP detects a commercial establishment selling spare parts (scrap) as new with more than 30 establishments dealing with it in Oman

26/09/2018


PACP in cooperation with the Public Prosecution and the ROP, was able to seize an establishment that re-manufacture used spare parts  and sell them as new to about 35 companies in the Oman.

 

 

This seizure is a continuation of a long series of PACP sincere and successful efforts in catching anyone who violates the laws and regulations pertaining to  consumer protection.
Mr. Al-Fathil Naseer Al-Yahmodi, Director in-charge of the Department of Commercial Fraud at PACP, stated that PACP received a complaint about a specialized establishment that was manufacturing and selling metal products, machinery, construction, civil engineering, oil and heavy equipment. The establishment was selling used (scrap) spare parts, after re-manufacturing, as new. The law enforcement officers investigated, surveilled and verified for three weeks. Coordination with the Public Prosecution and the ROP was conducted to raid the two sites that belong to the establishment.
 Around 40 workers from different nationalities were seized on site which violates the requirements of Health and Safety, the workers were cleaning and polishing the spare parts, replacing the serial numbers with new numbers in preparation to sell the parts as new. Some of the accused individuals confessed that they were purchasing these parts from mental scrap companies, then alter and repaint the parts to sell them as new to companies and establishments, confirming that these activities were going on for more than three years.
 Al-Fathil Naseer Al-Yahmodi explained that the seized items were secured, and the case file was forwarded after completion to the judicial authorities concerned, He further indicated that some of the workers were not under the authorized company and some of the professions were different than their actual jobs which is a violation of the Labor Law.
Mr. Omar Faisal Al-Jahdhami Deputy Head of PACP Consumer Services and Markets Control, stated that this act is a violation of article 7 of the Consumer Protection Law as promulgated by Royal Decree No. 66/2014 that states: “It shall be prohibited to trade in any adulterated, corrupt, counterfeit  commodities or any commodities that are not authorized for trading  and the same may not be advertised and the regulations shall  determine what commodities shall be deemed as adulterated, corrupt  or counterfeit”, in accordance with that , PACP coordinated with the authorities concerned in that regard.
He further stated that PACP is working diligently to monitor the markets and verify the received reports in order to maintain a safe consumer market for all, and to seize all those who seek to violate laws and regulations and harm consumers' rights and cause a loss of consumers money. Mr.Al-Jahdhami emphasized the importance of consumer cooperation in reporting any abuses or violations  they might notice.

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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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