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Nov 7, 2017

Attorney for Clients Says Faith is Shaken

Eamon Courtenay

And while Elrington continues to plead innocence or ignorance on what happened to the documents, rival Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay laid into him for what he believes is unnecessarily dragging out the case for seven years and frustrating his clients. Representing Progresso Heights Limited, Courtenay chastised Elrington for first attempting to block the post-hearing appeal seeking redress and then attempting to usurp the process for his own ends. The outcome of the case, Courtenay told us, represents another blow to foreign investor confidence in Belize.


Eamon Courtenay, Attorney for Progresso Heights Limited

“We had thought that was a logical and simple application; lo and behold, last week Friday, Mr. Elrington had his attorney – he goes to the trouble of hiring an attorney now after he represented himself and lost; he goes to the trouble of finding a good attorney to come to court – and applied to the court to oppose, listen, to oppose what we had sought from the court. Mr. Elrington, who has lost people’s property; who cannot account for people’s property; who has taken people’s money and not returned it to them – when the people come to court at the CCJ level after he has lost, ask the Registrar to give the titles back to the people who are entitled to it, he wanted to come here and oppose it.  Mr. Elrington wanted his attorney to get the certificates that do not belong to him; that do not belong to his client, that do not belong to any of his clients. Why would they want those certificates? It’s very simple: he wants to control this process in order to pressurize and blackmail my client into making a settlement with him. The Court would have none of it; and the Court authorized our law firm to get the duplicate titles and deliver them to the people who rightly deserve them.  This is an investment that was done by Americans in partnership with Mr. Elrington. He fell out with them, and he has used his governmental power to abuse his office, and not have these titles issued, and it is only with the order of the C.C.J., that they are now being issued. It is a sad day, when investors are losing hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, because of abuse of ministerial power.”


The three week period expires on November twenty-eighth. The case appears effectively over but according to Courtenay, a mediator has been proposed to address other outstanding issues relating to the situation.

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1 Response for “Attorney for Clients Says Faith is Shaken”

  1. spike says:

    Foreign investor confidence? What foreign investor confidence? That has been disappearing for awhile now. Especially with all the FRAUD inside the Lands Dept. What foreigner in his or her right mind would invest in Belize real estate, or anything else for that matter?

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