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Jan 5, 2016

Jack Charles Granted Injunction to Stop Customs from Destroying Guyanese Rice

Jack Charles

On Monday, Supreme Court Justice Sonya Young rejected an application filed on behalf of businessman Jack Charles who was seeking judicial review of BAHA’s decision to confiscate his cargo of Guyanese rice.  As we have reported, a shipment of three containers of prepackaged rice is sitting in Big Creek since arriving in Belize on December seventeenth.  While the importer was unsuccessful in his bid to legally examine that decision, the Customs and Excise Department wasted no time in appearing before Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer to apply for an order to destroy or take possession of the consignment.  The department, however, failed to notify Jack Charles or his attorney that they would be executing the court order.  Upon getting wind of what was taking place, Charles’ attorney Michel Chebat commenced the process of applying to the Supreme Court for an injunction to stop the order.  They were fruitful in that attempt and this afternoon Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin granted an injunction until January twelfth when he will hear the matter and determine whether the Customs Department has sufficient grounds to take possession of the rice.  The freight of bulk rice, a hundred and fifty thousand pounds of processed grain, is presently being stored in Big Creek under BAHA supervision.  In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling, it has not been determined as yet what will become of the rice.

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1 Response for “Jack Charles Granted Injunction to Stop Customs from Destroying Guyanese Rice”

  1. Belizean Pride says:

    come on Jack this ain’t Titanic we don’t want your Guyanese rice to affect local farmers get the point.

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