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Jun 16, 2014

Application heard in case of Edmond Castro against Great Belize Production

Godfrey Smith

It was a busy day at court today, complete with an appearance by Minister of State Edmond Castro. Castro was accused of facilitating visas for Chinese nations and filed suit against the person making the allegations and also Great Belize Productions. The matter hasn’t reached hearing stage, but today the court heard an application by attorney Godfrey Smith to strike off Great Belize Productions from the defendant list. The argument is that there is immunity from prosecution provided under Section thirty-five of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Today that application was denied, but only at this preliminary stage.

 

Godfrey Smith, Attorney for Great Belize Productions

“This was an application where we were saying that the claim against Channel Five/Great Belize Productions should be struck out because of the immunity from suit provided by section thirty-five of the prevention of corruption act. The judge came to the view that he preferred that this matter be dealt with at the trial of the matter as a preliminary point so he did not allow us to proceed with that. So he says we are not dealing with it today, you are free—nothing bars you—from bringing this precise point when we’re dealing with the whole matter and I will rule on it then.”

 

Rodwell Williams

Rodwell Williams, Attorney for Edmond Castro

“In fact, yes Channel Five did make a complaint to the Integrity Commission. That complaint was made subsequent to the airing of the offending broadcast. So that application was dismissed, however, it was not removed from the defence so it could come back up at the substantive trial. It is still a defence, but the application today was struck out.”

 

Case management in the case is set for the thirtieth of June.

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2 Responses for “Application heard in case of Edmond Castro against Great Belize Production”

  1. Rod says:

    All these court proceedings are all rigged in favor of this gov. All the judges are corrupt and bias towards any one or anything that comes against this corrupt gov. Belize has gotten worse than Cuba and Venezuela I hope the new american ambassador is paying attention to the corruption going on in this country and not just simply passing out balloons like the previous american ambassador . This gov. And pm have become totally communistic stacking judges to do their bidding.

  2. Concern says:

    I think anyone who has information on bringing justice at this time need to bring everything forward. We definitely need justice cause despite all the obvious wrong doings, they are covered under one big thick blanket. Senor clear the land did enough nonsense and they are still walking around like kings.

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