15th of December, 2021. Region 4, Guyana, South AmericaLast updated: December 15, 2021 at 15:31 pm
This article is a sequel to: Court Orders Marlan Cole to Immediately Release 4 million dollars of Brazilian Products.
Complying with the court order compelling them to do so, the Food and Drug Department has last Monday afternoon, 13th of December, 2021, returned over 1000 units of Brazilian perfumes and perfume products unlawfully held at their Georgetown office for nearly six months.
The order compelling the respondent, Marlan Cole, to release the products was pronounced orally on the 2nd of December, 2021 and officially entered on the 9th of December, 2021. The businessman presented himself first on the 10th of December with the court order in hand asking for the release of his products. However, he was turned back by Food and Drug officials with two different excuses: first that the court must call them (the Food and Drug Department) and that the CMO (Chief Medical Officer) must be present for the handing over to take place.
After seeking legal advice, the associate of the businessman in Brazil called the Food and Drug Department on Monday morning and informed them that they would not wait beyond that day, and that if there were further delays, the Court Marshall and the police would be engaged to enforce the court orders. On the afternoon of Monday, 13th of December, the Chief Medical Officer presented himself and the products were counted off and handed over. The businessman related to this publication that, to the best of his knowledge, no items were missing.
Unfortunately, the businessman had to pay hefty legal fees and wait over a period of 6 torturous months for products that were legally his and which the Food and Drug Department had no legal basis to seize. This is a clear abuse of power and a clear abuse of a noble government office by Carol Edwards, Jennel Rodney, Tristan Jones, Susanna Atkins, and Marlan Cole.
Marlan Cole’s abuse of office spans nearly a decade and includes causing the wastage of 1 container load of non-dairy condensed milk, attempting to block life saving drugs from reaching Balwant Singh Hospital, and conspiring with Carol Edwards, Jennel Rodney, Susanna Atkins and Triston Jones to steal 4 million dollars of Brazilian products.
It is such a shame that the citizens whose taxpayers’ money pay the salaries of the officers of the Food and Drug Department must be so spitefully victimized by these vultures. The Guyana Government would be well-advised to pay keen attention to the kind of people it maintains in these government offices, and we must all be aware that the role of government offices is to protect, guide, and serve, not rob, steal, and terrorize.
The businessman related that, even though he is happy that he finally has his products back, it will be a difficult road ahead, since he was unable to do business for the past six months while unpaid bills for these products, which were bought on a credit line, piled up and generated huge amounts of interest. The Food and Drug Department had, a few months ago, refused to renew the import license of the businessman after taking away his products.
All in all, this whole scenario begs one question: how many hardworking, law-abiding citizens of Guyana might have been victimized by these vultures but might have been unable to afford legal representation and thus silently suffered tremendous losses at the hands of these parasites?