Dubai: The Saudi Ministry of Commerce has named and shamed an Expat of Syrian nationality for manufacturing and packaging adulterated sterilizer products, bearing counterfeit trademarks, with the aim of trading them and exploiting the Corona pandemic after a court ruling convicted him of violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law and the Trademark System. He used to market and sell fraudulent products in Riyadh.
The Ministry has published the judicial ruling issued by the Criminal Court in Riyadh, including a fine of one hundred thousand riyals against the violator, one-year imprisonment, in addition to deporting the violator after serving his term. He will not also be allowed to return for work.
The ministry said it confiscated and destroyed the seized products and tools used in fraud.
In details, the ministry noted that its inspection teams, in cooperation with the joint security campaigns in Riyadh and the Food and Drug Authority, have raided a residential villa in Al Sa’ada neighbourhood in Riyadh. This villa was exploited for packing and forging sterilizer products, where 44,000 packages of disinfectants and fake sterilizers, ready for sale, were seized, in addition to raw materials and machines used for manufacturing such items, also cartons, caps and empty packages ready to be filled. Accordingly, the violator was referred to the concerned authorities for taking the legal measures and penalties in accordance with the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law.
The ministry urged all consumers to lodge their reports and complaints against the violating establishments through MC Consumer Call Center (1900), or through the application of a Commercial Violation Report, or via the Ministry’s website.