The Ministry of Commerce and Investment has defamed the owner of a Gas Station in Makkah. The owner was found guilty of violating the Anti-Commercial Fraud Law by offering and selling petrol not conforming to standard specifications. This is considered a kind of deception and misleading towards the consumers.
A verdict was issued by the Criminal Court in Makkah, condemning the owner of the Gas Station and imposing a fine, besides publishing the sentence in two local newspapers at the expense of the violator.
In details, MCI inspection teams detected the Gas Station, located in Jalil Valley in Makkah. After taking and examining samples, the results showed that the offered petrol was not complying with the standard specifications, besides the petrol pumps were not in compliance with the standard calibration. Accordingly, the Gas Station was fined and the case was referred to the judicial authority for taking the legal measures in accordance with the 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.