Goldsmith appeals after court rules that SOCU lawfully seized jewellery

An appeal was filed on Wednesday to challenge the recent ruling by Justice Dawn Gregory that the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) acted lawfully when it seized $4M in jewellery from goldsmith Richard Ramjit last year.

The judgment was delivered last Friday on a constitutional motion, which had been filed by Ramjit, who had argued that his fundamental rights and freedoms were breached.

The state was presented by Senior Legal Adviser and Certified Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes Prevention Professional Leslyn Noble and state counsel Joan Edghill-Stuart and Tracy Marks, who won the case.

The Notice of Appeal, which identifies Ramjit as the applicant and the Attorney General as the respondent, contends that that the judge erred and misdirected herself in law when she found that the applicant’s jewellery, which was worn on his person, raised reasonable suspicion that he violated the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act…..