Breaking: Court rejects Guyanese rice importation

Posted: January 4, 2016. 10:26 a.m. CST.

By Aaron Humes: Supreme court justice Sonia Young has declined to grant leave to Jack Charles to file for judicial review of a decision by BAHA to decline to allow him to import the three containers full of Guyanese rice sitting at the Big Creek Port.JAck Charles

Presiding in chambers, Justice Young ruled that Charles had proceeded without obtaining an import permit in violation of the law. She found that the Court was being asked to intervene on the side of a lawbreaker which it would not do.

Charles has also been ordered by Customs Department to send the rice back or risk it being destroyed.

Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay, representing the rice producers, dismissed Charles’ gambit as a “sob story” and an insult to those working in the rice industry and to consumers, whom he says would have no protection should Charles have been successful and imported his rice, then changed prices or attempted to command a larger share of the market.

Whether Charles tries again remains to be seen as he said nothing to reporters leaving court.

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3 Responses to Breaking: Court rejects Guyanese rice importation

  1. Franz Banman Reply

    January 4, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Now the Cobra that got behind the shirt got caught and Belize is preserved a bit more from getting weak.

  2. salvador silva Reply

    January 4, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    confiscate the rice for entering the country without a permit . and sell to the people at a low price to cover cost of distribution instead of destroying it. Belizean need it since cost of living is so high.

  3. Sergio Reply

    January 4, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    The court did not reject the importation of the Guyanese rice but rather denied the application for Judicial Review… due to lack of proper application… the headline is misleading as well as some of the assertions made in the interviews.. lets see what happens next

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