Belize Energy Workers Union is calling on the Government of Belize not to proceed with the apparent decision to destroy the Guyanese rice now under custody of B.A.H.A, imported by Jack Charles.
In a release issued late this evening BEWU states that the destruction of more than one hundred thousand pounds of Guyanese rice currently sitting at the port in Big Creek would not sit well in the eyes of the International Community.
BEWU believes that after B.A.H.A. ensures that the rice is safe for consumption, the product should be distributed to organizations around the country which help feed the children, the elderly and poor and to schools which already have in place a feeding program instead of being destroyed.
BEWU also believes that in all fairness the owner of the rice should at least be compensated for the cost price of the rice. Viewers might recall that on Monday Justice Sonya Young denied Charles’ request to import the rice on the grounds that he did not possess an import permit. Yesterday the Customs Department moved to get an order of forfeiture from the court in order to take possession of the rice and destroy it.
Jack Charles and his attorneys Leeroy Banner and Michel Chebat immediately visited the court and appeared before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin who granted an injunction against the decision of the Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer. The injunction is in effect until next week Tuesday when another hearing is scheduled to decide if the forfeiture stands.
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