TRINIDAD-Judge gives green light to sex therapist to pursue lawsuit


A High Court judge has given a sex therapist the go-ahead to file a lawsuit against the Comptroller of Customs and Excise Division over the seizure of three shipments of sex toys and other paraphernalia last year.

Justice Rickey Rahim in his oral judgment on Tuesday gave Giriraj “Raj” Ramnanan leave to pursue his judicial review lawsuit against the Customs Division.

Ramnanan, a businessman had said that the Customs Division had acted illegally in its delay in bringing proceedings against his company to forfeit the allegedly prohibited items.

His lawyers had argued that the Customs Act required the division to bring such proceedings within a reasonable time after seizure.

The judge gave the sex therapist until October 9 to file the claim and adjourned the matter to November 1.

According to his affidavit, Ramnanan purchased and shipped the package to Trinidad between August and November last year valued at US$1,045.27 cents. In his affidavit, the businessman said that the package  including vibrators, condoms and dildos, were seized for containing prohibited items.

He said that he met with Customs officials in February and that no forfeiture proceedings were filed and the items were not returned.

Ramnanan claimed his business has suffered as a result of the seizures.

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