Court hearing called off after Jack Charles and government reach agreement

Posted: Tuesday, January 12th, 2016. 11:30 a.m. CST

jack charlesBy Aaron Humes: The hearing at the Supreme Court in the matter of Jack Charles versus customs department was called off, as we are told an agreement is in place to re-export the three containers of Guyanese rice that he attempted to import in December.

Our understanding is that the government informed Charles on Friday that under section 133 he will have seven days to re-export the rice. Charles unsuccessfully negotiated for a one month period and in the end, agreed to the 14 day time limit.

The ministry of finance and Prime Minister Dean Barrow who has the responsibility for customs, has agreed to give him 14 days which starts tomorrow, to re-export the rice.

We understand that Charles is in the process of bringing in seven more containers through Honduras and information suggests that these 3 containers will be exported there while the necessary paperwork is completed to return them to Belize.

We will have further updates on this story through the course of the day.

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