19,100 counterfeit printer cartridges worth SR1.3 million seized

A Ministry of Commerce and Investment (MCI) field inspection team found the fake items, which were ready for sale, during a raid on the large warehouse.
Updated 28 January 2017

19,100 counterfeit printer cartridges worth SR1.3 million seized

RIYADH: A total of 19,100 counterfeit printer toner cartridges worth SR1.3 million ($346,000) were this week seized from a warehouse in Riyadh, and the owner of a shop arrested, authorities have said.
The field inspection team of the Ministry of Commerce and Investment (MCI) found the fake items, which were ready for sale, during a raid on the large warehouse, which has since been shut down.
The fake products included cartons of counterfeit toner for well-known printer brands, cartridges ready for sale, packaging bags, rings for closing the cartridges, and stickers and other materials describing the products.
The shop owner was arrested pending further investigations, and is set to be referred to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution.
In an earlier raid in the Al-Mursalat area in the north of Riyadh, MCI inspectors seized more than 38,000 counterfeit phone chargers, speakers and batteries for well-known brands including Apple, Samsung and LG.
The MCI stressed that its inspection tours will continue, targeting markets, warehouses, shops and commercial establishments.
It has called on consumers to lodge their complaints, observations and any cases of fraud or counterfeiting via the toll-free number 1900.


Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

Updated 19 October 2019

Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

  • The embassy said that evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety
  • Three Saudia aircraft were used to transport them

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia's embassy in Lebanon has confirmed it has facilitated the “evacuation of Saudi residents and visitors” from the country.
“The evacuation operation, imposed by the security situation in Lebanon and the importance of ensuring the safety of Saudi nationals, started Saturday at 5 a.m. after the Kingdom secured three Saudia aircraft to transport them,” the embassy told Arab News.
“Three hundred people were evacuated as of Saturday afternoon, while the total number of those wishing to leave remains unclear. We have identified a hotel in Beirut as a starting point,” it added, noting that most of those who had left were tourists.
The embassy also confirmed evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety.
Protests broke out in Lebanon on Thursday night, and disorder has disrupted roads leading to the airport, with burning tires blocking several key routes.
On Friday, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged its citizens already in Lebanon to exercise “utmost caution.”
Egypt’s Embassy in Beirut also called on its nationals in the country to avoid protest areas, Egyptian state news agency MENA said.
“The embassy calls on all Egyptian citizens in Lebanon to avoid the areas of gatherings and protests, to be careful in their movements and to abide by the instructions of the Lebanese authorities in this regard,” MENA reported.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Embassy in Lebanon asked citizens wishing to travel to the country to delay trips where possible.
“The embassy also calls on citizens currently in Lebanon to take utmost care and stay away from crowds and demonstrations,” it said on social media site Twitter.
Bahrain and the UAE warned against travel to Lebanon and called on their citizens in the country to leave immediately.