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Feb 8, 2017

U.D.P. Wants Eamon Out of Senate; He Hits Back

The ruling United Democratic Party has issued a call for the Opposition People’s United Party to remove its lead Senator, Eamon Courtenay, for what it calls an “outright betrayal of Belize’s national interests, and extreme conflict of interest.”  According to the U.D.P., Courtenay as Senior Counsel filed a constitutional challenge to strike down the Central Bank (International Immunities) Act and Crown Proceedings (Amendment) Act on behalf of Caribbean Investment Holdings Limited, which continues to seek the payment of multiple arbitral awards.  The U.D.P. notes that Courtenay gave his support to the Bills in the Senate and repeats claims that if CIHL were to succeed in getting action on the reserves, the country would be at a standstill for trade and business. Calling him “a top commander in the enemy’s army,” the U.D.P. believes that Courtenay should not be allowed to enjoy the privileges of being a senator.  But neither the P.U.P. nor Courtenay himself is ready to blink. The Senator, who left the country after attending today’s Special Senate Select Committee public hearing in Belmopan, issued a statement to News Five just before news time. The statement reads in full, “The U.D.P. is trying once again to distract attention from their incompetence. I said in the Senate that the constitutionality of the laws is questionable. The court will answer that question shortly and show that the Barrow administration has once again rushed legislation through the House that is invalid. Rank incompetence. Those who signed the Miami blank check; those who sold visas, nationalities and passports during the past eight years; those who stole Government lands for their families and friends; those who lost the Sarstoon to the Guatemalans are the real traitors and pirates. The people are waiting for this band of U.D.P. rogues. As I said in the Senate, the U.D.P. laws are a direct attack on me personally and professionally. Tomorrow, my firm will file a challenge to these unconstitutional U.D.P. laws. [Prime Minister Dean] Barrow will not scare me or stop me from correcting his completely illegal actions.” We repeat Courtenay’s statement from the Senate meeting of January thirtieth, questioning why go the extra step when the reserves are immunized.

 

Eamon Courtenay

Eamon Courtenay, P.U.P. Senator [File: January 30th, 2017]

“If the intention of this legislation is to immunize and we achieve that immunity by the provision of clauses two and three, why it is necessary to go the additional step? If the reserves are immunized and cannot be reached; if we have confidence that the reserves are immunized, why is it necessary to go a further step to allow people to go to prison because they say they disagree? If they are bound to fail, they are bound to fail. I simply say this: we are here today because in my opinion, our interests was not protected; when the day was called for defending Belize’s interests in the arbitration proceedings, no one went and defended Belize.”

 

Opposition Leader, John Briceño, when reached for comment, said simply, “The U.D.P. must first look at all the corruption in government before they ask for such a silly request.” As for the constitutionality of the laws, News Five has checked with an international attorney who tells us that it is not possible to attach the reserves of any country; therefore, the laws are simply a re-statement of the original position. We will continue to follow this developing story.

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1 Response for “U.D.P. Wants Eamon Out of Senate; He Hits Back”

  1. Jose says:

    If you cannot get him to join you, you destroy him…Eamon is no Mark Espat he is the real hero.

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