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On Friday, Counselor Hamada El-Sawy, the Attorney General, issued a statement directing all the procuratorate in the republic to take legal measures to address the violation of the curfew and the monopoly of goods, and to bring the perpetrators to criminal trial.
The text of the statement came as follows: “In light of the decisions and measures taken by state institutions to protect society from the effects of the emerging“ Corona ”virus and its damage, and the services, tools, materials, and goods it provides for that, it was evident from the follow-up of the technical office of the Attorney General of the records and communications presented to the prosecution offices. Violation by some of the decisions to prohibit the transfer or movement of roads, and the exploitation of others by the current circumstances of cheating with preventive medical tools and materials and some strategic commodities and necessary living necessities, and storing large quantities of them to monopolize and sell them at more than the established official prices, and not to commit to closing the stores – It is slated to be closed – on the specified dates for this; all this is an attempt by them to take advantage of the exceptional circumstances in which the country is going through to infringe illegally.
Accordingly, the Public Prosecutor directed the other procuratorates of the Republic to take all legal measures to address these crimes and their perpetrators, to cooperate with all concerned authorities to achieve this, and to bring the perpetrators there to criminal trial, in implementation of the provisions of the law that are punishable for each of the following:
(１) Violating the decision to prohibit movement or movement by road without necessity linked to emergency needs, student gatherings, driving collective or private means of transportation, and opening commercial or craft shops – specified – or cafes, entertainment stores, restaurants, mobile food units, clubs, or youth centers Or gymnasiums other than the legally established dates, with imprisonment and a fine of four thousand pounds, according to the state of emergency and the Prime Minister’s decision in this regard.
(２) Fraud or – initiation thereof – of any food, drug, medication, or natural or industrial product intended for sale, sold or put up for sale, whether deceit, spoiled or expired, by imprisonment from one to five years and a fine of ten thousand to Thirty thousand pounds, or the equivalent of the value of the commodity subject to the crime, whichever is greater, in addition to what the court may annihilate by closing the offending establishment for a period of up to one year and revoking its license, according to the law for the suppression of fraud and fraud.
(３) Possessing and displaying goods of unknown origin and not preserving documents indicating them – whether they were imported or local – with imprisonment of no less than six months and a fine of no less than five hundred pounds or one of these two penalties, in addition to confiscating the seizures, according to the decision of the Minister of Supply and Internal Trade No. 113 of 1994 regarding prohibiting the circulation of goods of unknown origin or not in conformity with the specifications.
(４) The monopoly of goods and their concealment; by imprisonment between one to five years, and a fine between one hundred thousand pounds to one million pounds, in addition to confiscating seizures, according to the Supply Law.
(５) Imprisonment of strategic products prepared for sale when trading by concealing them, not offering them for sale, or refraining from selling them, or in any other way; by imprisonment for a period of no less than a year and a fine of between one hundred thousand pounds to two million pounds, or the equivalent of the value of the commodity subject of the crime, whichever The largest, in addition to confiscating the seizures, and in the event of a repeat offender, imprisonment is from two to five years and the value of the fine is doubled, according to the Consumer Protection Law.
(６) Selling the price forcibly or forcibly priced at more than the specified price, refraining from selling it at the prescribed price, or imposing or suspending its sale on the purchase of other goods, or on conditions contrary to the commercial custom, with one to five years in prison and a fine of three hundred pounds to One thousand pounds, in addition to confiscating goods and closing the shop for a period of no less than six months, and the penalty is doubled in its severity in the event of a recurrence of the crime, and the penalty of imprisonment that may reach five years and a fine of five hundred pounds reaches two thousand pounds if the perpetrator preceded the crime twice; This is in accordance with the compulsory pricing and profit determination law.
Moreover, when the formation of the consciences and civilizations of nations throughout the world and their compliance with laws are integrated with their cultural and religious origins, and when these laws are based on the meaning of justice drawn from the teachings of religions, it was obligatory for the Public Prosecution – whenever necessary – to leave in its statements for religious inquiries that confirm The nation’s respect for the law and its proper application, as the awareness of this country, its conscience and its national social security was established, starting with the morals emanating from the norms and values that were established based on the teachings of the heavenly religions in which our country is blessed, those religions that met In the ethics, morals and forbidden things in transactions; neither the monitoring of the security services nor the judicial punishment alone is sufficient; rather, the doctrine of religious reward and punishment should be combined with them as a real deterrent from committing crimes.
Based on this, the Public Prosecution indicates that it is necessary to abide by the laws and regulations imposed by the rulers – especially in such current circumstances – to pay harm and harm to people – even if possible – and to condone those who violate them, based on what was established by the Holy Prophet – may God bless him and grant him peace – «saying do no harm»; (Narrated by Imam Malik in the Muwatta), has been forbidden by God Almighty for fraud in the market and sales; he said in his book Aziz «and O my people fulfilled a bushel, and the balance with justice, people do not make every their personal items not mischief in the earth corrupters» . (Surat Hud: verse 85), and the Messenger – may God bless him and grant him peace – also forbade cheating by saying “Whoever cheats on us, it is not from us” (Narrated by Muslim). People to boil over them, then it is true for God to throw it into the fire ”, or as he said, peace be upon him. (Narrated by Imam Ahmad in his Musnad).
The teachings of the Christian religion came in agreement with all of this. It forbade fraud and deceit and urged justice and honesty, as it was stated in the Old Testament that “Whoever deceives, hates the Lord as your God” (Old Testament. Deuteronomy. Chapter 25 verse 16), and that “Few with justice is better than the income of many without any right” (Proverbs. Chapter 16, Verse 8), and that “a faithful man who has many blessings … and who rush to riches is not exempted” (Eph. 20).
Therefore, the Public Prosecution calls on citizens to abide by the laws and decisions issued by state institutions and the measures they take to protect oneself and money. Turn around, and join hands with it, name your motivators, motives and goals; to seek safe passage into our ancient homeland from this difficult circumstance.
The Public Prosecution also calls on merchants, shop owners and craftsmen not to harm goods, monopolize them and manipulate their prices. Secure it from fraud, fraud, and abuse. Take care of people’s livelihoods and needs, and know that freeing livelihoods is better than collecting money unlawfully.
May God protect the homeland … and protect it from the evils of temptation.