Egyptian prosecution refers lawsuit against Jumia to trial over fraud charges

Egypt’s Financial and Commercial Affairs Prosecution Office has referred a lawsuit against e-commerce company Jumia Egypt and three of its officials to the Cairo Economic Misdemeanor Court.

Jumia and its officials have been charged with violating Egypt’s Consumer Protection Agency’s (CPA) decision, deceiving customers, failing to avoid deceptive behavior, and swindling the price of products.

The lawsuit noted that officials of Jumia Egypt failed to adjust their status and the remove violations within the grace period set by the CPA.

Back in 2017, Jumia was again under fire of the CPA. Its head, Atef Yacoub, said that his agency received a complaint from a consumer that Jumia’s website promotes soluble pain relief tablets with the name SPEN SOLPADEIEN, a drug imported from the UK that was not registered with Egypt’s Health Ministry.

Nevertheless, the company has been first in Egypt’s e-commerce market since the second quarter of 2017.

The volume of Jumia Egypt’s business in electronic transactions in the Egyptian market has reached US$2 billion.

IMAGE: Employees work at the production hall of Jumia office in Abidjan December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

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