During a Campaign to Combat the Commercial Concealment, MCI Female Inspectors Shut down 18 Institutions

25 Dec 2017
MCI women's Inspectors have carried out inspection tours on Riyadh markets to control those involved in violating the Anti-Commercial Concealment Law. Therefore, they inspected 75 Establishments and shut down 18 commercial institutions in violation.

MCI women inspectors’ tours aim to monitoring, inspecting and controlling the violations and irregularities in the markets and shops selling women's supplies and accessories, besides empowering and giving chance to the Saudi women to work in a regular and safe environment free of any violation.

As a result of these tours, the owners of 38  establishments were summoned, due to the suspicion of a commercial concealment. The statements of those responsible are heard and those involved to be referred to the Public Prosecution for taking the necessary legal procedures against them.

Notably, MCI women inspectors seized a number of evidence and documents that indicate the operation and management of these facilities by illegal expats, who are employing female citizens and foreigners to work in these facilities.

It worth mentioning that the inspection campaigns carried out by MCI to combat the commercial concealment in various commercial sectors resulted in the increase of the cover-up cases, referred to the Public Prosecution, by 93% , where 871 cover-up cases were referred during 1438 AH, and 450 cases in 1437 AH, also 290 cases in 1436 H.

The Ministry of Commerce and Investment is endeavoring to control any violation related to commercial concealment, also it is keen to impose the legal penalties against the violators, which may reach to two years' imprisonment and a fine of 1 million riyals per one offender, besides deporting the non-Saudis from the Kingdom, also making defamation against the violators in the local newspapers at their expense, as well as imposing other penalties including closing the commercial activity, writing off the C.R. and the prohibition of practicing the commercial activity.

Last Modified 26 Dec 2018