Ash sues comptroller of Customs over seized liquor

Businessman Jonathon Ash has sued the comptroller of Customs over the seizure of liquor from his bar.

Customs officers made the seizure during a raid on the New Made Men Bar on Faith Avenue in April.

At the time of the raid, officials said the business had not provided proof of customs payments.

On Friday, Ash’s lawyer Tony Scriven appeared before Justice Ruth Bowe-Darville seeking to have the seized property preserved.

The application was held in closed court.

Scriven told The Nassau Guardian that the parties had “reached a position” that he could not disclose.

According to Scriven, he “would re-file if necessary”.

David Higgs, of the Office of the Attorney General, appeared for the government.

On April 20, Ash was convicted of operating the bar in defiance of an emergency order that closed all non-essential businesses.

He pleaded guilty to violating the national curfew and operating a non-essential business.

Ash paid a $7,000 fine to avoid spending one year in prison.

Police arrested and charged Ash after a video went viral of him selling alcoholic beverages from the bar as members of his security detail stood by. The officers in the video were placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation into misconduct.

Ash is the prosecution’s main witness against former Progressive Liberal Party Cabinet Minister Kenred Dorsett. That trial, scheduled for March 23, was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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