The Ministry of Commerce and Investment has defamed a tenant of a fuel station and the responsible manager of Indian nationality in Makkah. They were found guilty of violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law, by offering petroleum not conforming to standard specifications. This is a kind of fraudulent and misleading towards the consumers.
A verdict was issued by the Criminal Court in Makkah, condemning the violators and imposing a fine on them, besides publishing the sentence in two local newspapers at their expense.
In details, MCI inspection teams detected a fuel station at Yamaniya Quarter, Assail Road. They found that the fuel pumps are not complying to standard calibration, also negligence was observed, since those responsible did not correct the error, but it was repeated, besides not cleaning the petrol tank. Therefore, samples of the fuel were examined by specialized laboratories. The result showed that such samples did not comply with the standard specifications. Accordingly, the case was referred to the judicial authorities for taking the legal measures according to Anti-Commercial Fraud Law.
The Ministry of Commerce and Investment confirms the continuation of addressing those violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law by taking stern measures and imposing the legal penalties against them, in view of the fraud and deception towards the consumers. The Rules & Regulations related to Anti-Commercial Fraud Law stipulates penalties that may reach to three-year imprisonment, fines up to one million riyals or both , Defamation in two local newspapers at the expense of the violator, deportation of the illegal labors from the Kingdom, besides the suspension and prevention of practicing the same commercial activity.
MCI calls on all consumers to lodge their complaints or observations through MCI Consumer Call Center (1900), or through the application of a Commercial Violation Report, or via the Ministry's website.