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Feb 14, 2017

Eamon Courtenay Challenges Prime Minister on Conflict of Interest

Eamon Courtenay

The Government and the United Democratic Party are on a campaign claiming that Senator Eamon Courtenay is a textbook case of conflict of interest since he sits on the senate for the People’s United Party and represents the Ashcroft Group of Companies as its attorney. But Courtenay today cited many cases, including that of the Prime Minister, whose law firm also represents Lord Ashcroft’s companies. In fact he brought up an issue requires an answer by the prime minister. Courtenay asked for disclosure on whether the PM’s law firm has shares in an Ashcroft-related company.

 

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

“I want to respond specifically to the question of a conflict of interest. The People’s United Party and I maintain that we will do any and everything to protect the reserves of Belize. There is no change from that, and there is no conflict with that. I have a right to go to the court to challenge any piece of legislation that affects me. And you will recall that immediately after the senate meeting the Attorney General was interviewed and he said he expected the law to be challenged and that people had a right to challenge it constitutionally. Now, who has a conflict of interest? I am saying to the media and the public of Belize, the Prime Minister of this country is to declare to the people of Belize whether or not his law firm is a shareholder in Mister Ashcroft’s company. I repeat. Is the prime Minister’s law firm a shareholder in Mister Ashcroft’s company? We need an answer to that. I am an attorney at law and that is my profession. I have been representing companies related to Lord Ashcroft for years as Mister Barrow continues to do through his law firm. That is my business. Mister Barrow does that and he goes to the house; he is in the absolutely same position. Mister Peyrefitte has a law firm now and he represents people and goes to the House; you hear him already talking about getting in contact with Anthony Sylvester and challenging legislation. The Attorney General is saying that he thinks that legislation should be challenged. So you have many lawyers…Mister Musa…there are many lawyers who are in the House, vote a particular way but then when you come out, in your professional life, you have a client that say I am affected by this; this is constitutional or unconstitutional and you take up their challenge.”

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