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Mon 30 Mar 2020 05:02 PM

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Coronavirus: 'Zero tolerance' of price hiking in Bahrain

Anyone found guilty faces five years in jail and $13,000 fine

Coronavirus: 'Zero tolerance' of price hiking in Bahrain

Bahrain reported 16 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, taking the national total to 515. Image: AFP/Getty Images

Bahrain has announced a zero tolerance policy towards companies looking to take advantage of the current coronavirus crisis by hiking up food prices.

Attorney General Ali bin Fadhl Al Buainain said that those found guilty of trying to influence the prices of products in any way would face a five-year prison sentence and fines of at least BD5,000 ($13,000) in addition to the confiscation of the products.

Al Buainain issued the warning as the public prosecution launched an investigation after Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism inspectors reported they discovered three warehouses where large quantities of vegetables and fruits had been stocked since February to manipulate the market and inflate prices.

Bahrain reported 16 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, taking the national total to 515. So far the Covid-19 virus has claimed the lives of four people in the kingdom.

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