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Feb 14, 2017

Courtenay Says Senate Inquiry Doesn’t Miss Him

In a release issued last Friday, government claimed that Courtenay aborted the senate inquiry to travel to Washington on another case against Belize even though an important witness was to testify.  The case in DC was in relation to the Universal Health Services (UHS) loan from the Belize Bank.  While addressing government’s claim, Courtenay says that the Senate Inquiry is going to have to call several witnesses back to the stand, including former Immigration C.E.O., Candelaria Saldivar Morter and Auditor General Dorothy Bradley.

 

Eamon Courtenay

Eamon Courtenay, Attorney/Lead P.U.P. Senator

“First of all, I’m not an attorney qualified to practice in the United States so let’s start right there. So I didn’t go there to practice any law and represent anybody. For years now, for years, I have been traveling for clients who have matters in Belize and in other jurisdictions, not only the United States. And in order to consult with lawyers, go and listen to cases that are taking place. This particular one had to do with the UHS Award. It was an appeal by the government of Belize and I went to listen to it because Belize Bank has an appeal in the Court of Appeal over the same award. So I go, just like how their lawyers come down sometimes when there are matters here, listen to what is happening; we exchange notes and see what is happening…absolutely nothing strange. So that is what I went to do. I want to go further. They have said that I abandoned the senate to go and do that. I went to the senate for as long as I could and then I left. Why? I had already spoken to other senators and we discussed the questions that were going to be asked, the questions that they were going to ask and you can see how long and extensive it was. Let me say this…we have Miss Marin, the former director, who is going to come back. We have the Auditor General is going to be called back; we have Mister Wade who is going to come back. And based on information that has been leaked to us since last week Wednesday, obviously Miss Saldivar-Morter is going to have to come back. So there was no problem in me leaving. The questions were put there to her and we have the right to call her back and I am more than likely going to call her back and ask the committee to bring her back so that we can put for questions to her.”

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