The Ministry of Commerce named a Saudi citizen and 10 workers of Indian and Bangladeshi nationalities after a court ruling was issued proving their violation of the anti-commercial fraud and commercial data regulations.
The ministry explained that the violators were proven to be involved in engaging in an unlicensed commercial activity by establishing a factory for the manufacture and sale of adulterated tobacco products (molasses) by filling them with materials of unknown origin and packaging them with misleading commercial data for the purpose of discharging and selling them in local markets.
The ministry indicated that the violators are Ali Juma Al-Arbash (a Saudi national), Sertig Alam Sir (Indian), Muhammad Tayeb Abdul Majeed (Indian), Zhangir Alam Tota (Bangladesh), Sher Muhammad Din (Indian), and Farid. Asghar (Bangladesh), Syed Ghulam Imam (Indian), Sohail Ahmed (Bangladesh), Mahfuz Alam Khan (Indian), Ismail Asghar (Bangladesh), and Muhammad Mansi (Indian).
The penalty issued by the Criminal Court in Dammam included punishing the violators with a fine of (720,000) seven hundred and twenty thousand riyals. Imprisonment for one year for the first convict and six months for the rest of the convicts, closing and removing the factory at the expense of the violator, and confiscating and destroying the seized products. The ruling was published in two newspapers at the expense of the violators.