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55,000 counterfeits seized in UAE

May 27, 2015

Some of the cartridges and packaging seized (Credit: Khaleej Times)

Some of the cartridges and packaging seized (Credit: Khaleej Times)

The fake HP cartridges, worth Dh1 million ($272,245/€249,560), were seized over the last few months in Ras Al Khaimah.

Khaleej Times reported on the seizures by the Organised Crime Section of the Ras Al Khaimah police, who worked in collaboration with the Department of Economic Development to confiscate “duplicate cartridges […] over the last few months”. The 55,000 counterfeit HP cartridges were worth Dh1 million, and were set to be sold in the emirate.

The seizure follows a big confiscation and investigation reported in March earlier this year, which saw toner and inkjet cartridges worth around Dh11 million ($2.9 million/€2.6 million) also seized in Ras Al Khaimah. In this case, the cartridges themselves and the “tools used in the counterfeit process” were seized by police from a villa in the city, who “busted a gang of Asians involved in the crime”.

Major-General Ali Abdullah bin Alwan Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of the RAK Police, commented that the law enforcement bodies in Ras Al Khaimah are “geared up to combat cybercrimes and protect intellectual property rights […] the RAK Police, as part of intensive raids against all areas of the emirate seized the fake items, and alerted the company which has the original property rights of the cartridges confiscated”.

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