100kg fake sportswear seized

About 100kg of counterfeit sportswear and shoes, emblazoned with international brands’ logos, have been seized by the Abu Dhabi Police.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 23 Sep 2013, 12:36 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 4:18 AM

Three Asian traders, including one illegal resident, who were working in three separate Abu Dhabi stores, have been arrested for selling the fake goods, after a raid was conducted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

CID head Colonel Dr Rashid Mohammed Borshid said: “After validating the claims and proving commercial fraud, we accordingly took legal action to raid the suspected stores and warehouses and seized the counterfeit goods.”

The seized sportswear items, which weighed a total of 100kg, included tracksuits, T-shirts, short and long sports pants, as well as sports shoes and caps - all of them bearing the logos of well-known brands, according to a Press release.

“The products were confiscated, and forensic laboratory tests have shown that they were fake copies of posh brands,” he said.

Borshid said the arrested men have confessed to their involvement in commercial fraud and selling the spurious sportswear for financial gain.

He emphasised the focus of the Abu Dhabi Police, in coordination with the competent authorities, is to track down and combat all negative practices, which could affect the business sector’s performance and are in violation of the laws and regulations of business activities. This philosophy embodies the Abu Dhabi government’s directives to create a competitive, fair and legitimate business environment and prevent commercial fraud and violation of people’s rights.

“The aim of the police is to take quick action to protect consumers against financial losses that incur as they end up paying large amounts of money for fake goods. Protecting the rights of the original companies, and curtailing the issue of commercial fraud is also among the Abu Dhabi Police objectives.”

He urged members of the community to contact the competent authorities to find out their rights as consumers in order to take part effectively in curbing commercial fraud.

He has also urged community members to report any suspected goods and violations of law in all areas, and advised buyers to buy such items from authorised agents and distributors to ensure products were original.


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