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Jul 31, 2003

Chalillo case reaches Privy Council

The case against the Chalillo project has finally reached the Privy Council in London. On Wednesday a three judge panel heard arguments on whether to grant the environmental group BACONGO an injunction against further construction on the dam until such time as the substantive case can be heard on its merits. In addition to British attorneys, Lois Young Barrow is also appearing for BACONGO, while according to reports, Attorney General Godfrey Smith and Solicitor General Elson Kaseke appeared for the Belize Government, while Michael Young represented BECOL. BACONGO is asserting that government’s granting of environmental approval for the hydro project on the upper Macal River was granted illegally.

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