Prime Minister says Merits of Glenn Godfrey Case Not Determined Yet
On Friday, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal, whose jurisdiction includes the state of Florida, upheld a ruling in favor of businessman Glenn Godfrey. The initial decision, in respect of INTELCO leasing telecoms equipment to government, was handed down by the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Florida. Successive governments compensated Godfrey for the leases; however, the Barrow administration canceled those payments several years ago. A claim was later filed by GDG Acquisitions and the matter was heard in the U.S. courts. Government’s appeal in the same jurisdiction has been set aside. Prime Minister Barrow set out to clarify the issue earlier today.
Prime Minister Dean Barrow
“What that is, Godfrey indeed has sued on the basis of another stink agreement made between him and in particular Ralph Fonseca, but presumably the entire P.U.P. organization over Intelco. What your boss, Michael Ashcroft, called the pension plan for the boys. They went asunder and they agreed that Godfrey could sue in the States and so he brought suit in Miami. We challenged that and said no, you have to come to Belize. The U.S. courts have no jurisdiction because although Ralph agreed, Ralph never had the authority to agree and we won and then he appealed. And ultimately now, the appeals court sent it back to the lower court and what you saw on Friday or Thursday is a judgment saying that okay, Godfrey wins on this question of jurisdiction. The government’s initial victory which said this matter can’t be tried in the States at all, is reversed. It can go now to trial in the States. And so the trial will happen and he will put forward the merits of his claim in terms of the twenty-two million. So that, whether he will win and get twenty-two million or anything is still to be determined after evidence and a full trial. Ultimately, if he does win on the merits, I need to say this Adele, that he will then, I believe, face the same problem as Michael Ashcroft is saying . How yo wahn collect from me in the States when I have nothing there? And if you bring it to Belize then, in my view, you are going to lose because I don’t see a Belize court agreeing to enforce that.”
We will have more on the PM’s position on these and other legal matters, including the arbitral awards, in Thursday’s newscast.