The Ministry of Commerce has defamed a citizen and an expat of Bangladeshi nationality, following the issuance of a court ruling proving their violation of the Anti-Commercial Concealment Law. The citizen has been enabling the expat to manage and operate a blacksmith and aluminum workshop in Riyadh.
The Ministry has published a summary of the judicial ruling issued by the Criminal Court in Riyadh, including a fine of 70,000 riyals, closure of the facility, liquidation of the trade activity, cancellation of the license, writing off the commercial register and preventing the citizen of practicing the same trade activity, besides deporting the expat from the Kingdom, and not to be allowed to return for work, also defamation by publishing the ruling in a local newspaper at the expense of the violators.
In details, MC inspection teams suspected a case of commercial concealment in a blacksmith and aluminum workshop. After carrying out the necessary investigations, it has been proved that the expat is running the workshop for his own account. Material evidences were seized showing large financial transactions by the expat with a number of establishments and individuals that do not match with his profession as a blacksmith, who is receiving a monthly salary of 3,000 riyals. Accordingly, the case was referred to the concerned authorities for taking the legal measures in accordance with the Anti-Commercial Concealment Law.
It should be noted that the new law for combating the commercial concealment, which was recently approved by the Council of Ministers, relied on mechanisms that contribute to eliminating the sources of commercial concealment and putting an end to the shadow economy.
The law included heavy penalties of up five-year imprisonment, a fine of up to five million riyals, seizure and confiscation of the illegal funds of the violators, after final court rulings were issued against them, in addition to other penalties, including closing the facility, liquidating its trade activity, writing off the commercial registry and preventing the convicted person from practicing any economic activity for a period of five years, besides deporting the expat from the Kingdom and not to be allowed to return for work.
The Ministry of Commerce receives reports and complaints about the commercial concealment through MC Consumer Call Center (1900), or through the application of a Commercial Violation Report, or via the Ministry’s website. Notably, the Ministry grants a financial reward to the informer of up to 30% of the total fines after collection, which may reach to five million riyals against each violator.