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Posted On: 12 May 2015 04:49 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 01:53 pm

Restaurant fined QR32,000; 3 months closure ordered

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In a first, a court here has fined a famous Turkish restaurant QR32,000 and ordered its closure for three months and sentenced five of its employees to jail for varying terms after they were found guilty of serving stale food that led to food poisoning.

All the five staff members of Marmara Istanbul Restaurant in Bin Omran neighbourhood will be deported after serving their jail term. Among those convicted are the manager who has been sentenced to three months in jail and given a fine of QR10,000, three others have been ordered to spend a month in jail and pay a fine of QR7,000 each and another staffer who didn’t have health certificate has been jailed for a month and fined QR8,000.

The matter will go in appeal, it is understood. Among the victims of the food poisoning was a seven months’ pregnant woman who was rushed to hospital and she gave birth prematurely. The incident had occurred late last October and the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning had closed the outlet as punishment for two months.

Some 20 people, including the pregnant woman, her husband and two children, took ill after eating food from the restaurant. The trial in an environmental misdemeanours court began last November and the verdict has come in a little over six months.