Abu Dhabi: The Saudi Ministry of Commerce has named and shamed the owner of an Ahasa petrol station in the eastern province, after a court ruling was issued condemning him for violating the anti-commercial fraud laws and selling fuel that did not meet the required standards, local media reported.
The ministry published a summary of the ruling issued by the Criminal Court in Dammam, which includes imposing a SR120,000 on the owner of the facility, closing it for a year and defaming him by publishing the rulings in two local newspaper at the expense of the violator.
The ministry had received scores of complaints against the station, samples of 91 gasoline were taken for examination in specialised laboratories, and it was found that it had been mixed with diesel.
It has ordered the facility to repair the damaged vehicles at its expense after 35 complaints were received from owners of the damaged vehicles.
The ministry has intensified inspections of fuel stations across Saudi Arabia to protect consumers, stop violations of the anti-commercial fraud system, and apply legal penalties.
The rules provide for penalties of up to three years in prison, fines of up to one million riyals, or both, and defamation of violators at their expense, and defaming the violators at their expense, and deporting the violating workers to their countries.
The ministry has urges all consumers to submit their complaints against the violating businesses through its app, by phone, or via its website.