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Feb 14, 2017

Courtenay Says Prime Minister Told Falsehood to Get Support for Immunities Law

Eamon Courtenay

On Monday during the People’s United Party’s press conference, the party’s legal adviser, Senior Counsel Andrew Marshalleck, gave reporters a primer on the issue of legal immunity. As he explained, the new legislation passed by the Government concerns enforcement of the judgments, and for the most part have no effect as the U.S. Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act shields national reserves from attachment, leaving only commercial funds from Government activity open. Today Eamon Courtenay concurred, stating that the Prime Minister told a falsehood in an attempt to rally support for the legislation and that there has been no attempt to go after the national reserves.

 

Eamon Courtenay, Attorney

“When the matter came to the Senate, I believe it was the thirtieth, the issue was that the Prime Minister had laid out in the House of Representatives that the Foreign Reserves of Belize were at risk as a result of enforcement action in the United States and that it was necessary to pass legislation to protect and insulate and immunize the foreign reserves. You will recall that we did not have notice of that, nobody was able to look into to or research it and therefore in principle the party took a decision that they would support it. Subsequent to that, we discovered that what the prime minister said was not true; it was a falsehood. The foreign reserves in Belize are protected by the laws of the United States of America and the facts show as we can stand here today and show that there has been no attempt to go after the foreign affairs of Belize. You cannot go after the foreign reserves of any country; that is the law of the United States.”

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