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Mar 7, 2017

G.O.B. May Go to U.S. Supremes Against Glenn Godfrey

Glenn Godfrey

Glenn D. Godfrey’s GDG Acquisitions LLC has had a judgment of twenty-two million US dollars plus in its favour against the Government of Belize upheld by a U.S. Court of Appeal.  The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal, with jurisdiction in Georgia, Alabama and Florida, upheld the decision of the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Florida in relation to Godfrey’s INTELCO leasing telecommunication equipment to the government years ago.  Consecutive governments had paid up to Godfrey for the leases until the current administration broke the agreement several years ago.  The Appeal Court had previously sent back Godfrey’s appeal for the lower court to consider the enforceability of the contract based on one clause.  This time, it refused the Government’s appeal of the district court’s subsequent denial of its motion to dismiss the claim, stating that because they continued to pay the validity of the contract is established and enforceable.  Today, Government’s chief attorney Nigel Hawke was not prepared to discuss details but hinted that the Government may take its claim to the highest level of U.S. justice – its Supreme Court.

 

Nigel Hawke

Nigel Hawke, Solicitor General

“I don’t wish to comment now on that, because I don’t have all the information on it, but certainly I can get back to you at another date, when I have all the information before me. I think the U.S. attorneys for the Government would have dealt with that matter. I don’t want to comment on a matter I don’t have all the information on.”

 

Reporter

“Do you at least have basics in terms of the amount of money we are looking at?”

 

Nigel Hawke

“No, I can’t say with any level of assurance – but I promise you that once all the information is available to me I will certainly address it with you.”

 

Reporter

“But it’s certainly not at the stage where it is done and the Government has to pay up – it’s at…”

 

Nigel Hawke

“No, it’s not at that stage…”

 

Reporter

“At trial would…?”

 

Nigel Hawke

“I guess we are the stage now where – I think there is still a procedure where possibly we could appeal to the Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court. Because as I understand it, a Court of Appeal, a certain Court of Appeal in the U.S. was granting the judgment. But I can’t speak too much on it.”

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