Muscat: The trial of the nine traders accused of selling expired candy and other edible items has been postponed by Muscat Primary Court until tomorrow.
Eight of the accused attended the trial. The ninth person chargesheeted is currently outside the country and has an outstanding arrest warrant issued against him by Omani authorities, stated Turki Al Maamari, a lawyer.
One of the accused admitted to the court that no one from the inspection teams of Muscat Municipality had ever inspected the warehouse of the company in the wilayat of Muttrah during his period of service with the company.
The fraud, involving the marketing of expired candy, was unearthed by the Omani driver of the company, who sacrificed his job and informed the Public Authority of Consumer Protection (PACP) of the racket.
Those accused of selling expired candy had started their companies in 1969 in the wilayat of Muttrah and had even applied for Omani citizenship recently.
It may be recalled that the nine accused in the case will face five charges, including violating Article 293 of the Omani Penal Code for selling expired and rotten food products that are harmful to human health.
The accused will also face charges of commercial fraud and attempting to deceive consumers by any means, which is a violation of Article 294 of the Omani Penal Code.
The third charge is related to violating food-safety regulations, and the fourth charge is related to storing foodstuff in a manner that does not meet the requirements earmarked by the law.
The fifth charge is related to employing workers without adequate permission, violating Article 114 of the Omani Labour Law.