The Ministry of Commerce has defamed the owner of a store specialized in foodstuffs in Riyadh. The owner was found guilty by violating the Trademark System, by possessing and offering foodstuffs like fava beans, bearing a counterfeit trademark. This is considered a kind of deception and misleading towards the consumers.
The Ministry has published a summary of the judicial ruling issued by the Criminal Court in Riyadh, which includes imposing a fine on the violator and confiscating the counterfeit quantities, and publishing the ruling in a local newspaper at the expense of the violator.
The Ministry of Commerce 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.
The Ministry of Commerce calls on all consumers to lodge their complaints or observations through MC Consumer Call Center (1900), or through the application of a Commercial Violation Report, or via the Ministry's website.