NGO director slapped with $50k fine over ammo in container
The director of a charity organisation has been fined $50,000 after a quantity of ammunition was found in a 40-foot container shipped from the United States.
Glen Seelochan of St Mary’s Village was charged with importing prohibited items and making a false declaration.
The charges were laid by Customs and Excise Division officer Kirk Peters.
The State was represented by senior attorney Harricharan Kassie of the Customs and Excise Department.
Seelochan was represented by defence attorney Shiva Boodoo.
The matter was called before Magistrate Wendy Dougdeen Bally in the Couva Magistrates’ Court.
Seelochan plead guilty to the offence.
The court was told that last Thursday, Seelochan, a father of two, signed the declaration form for the container, and while he did not know of the illegal items, he took full responsibility for all items in the vessel.
The court was told that prohibited items consisting of a total of 30 rounds of assorted ammunition, a magazine and a Styrofoam ammunition nest, were found in the 40-foot container.
After further submissions, the father of two was fined, and given six months to pay.
In default he can face five years in prison.
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