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Jun 27, 2011

Former government ministers lose C.C.J. case

Florencio Marin Sr.

The Telemedia ruling by the Court of Appeal is not the decision from the court. The Caribbean Court of Justice, the final appellate court, has handed down a decision in favor of the Government of Belize in a case involving former P.U.P. ministers Florencio Marin and Jose Coye.  In January 2009 both men were sued by the government following claims of misfeasance in connection with the transfer of fifty-six parcels of crown land through CHEOP Enterprises. The government claimed that the parcels were acquired at almost a million dollars below the estimated market value and that the business deal conducted was done illegally.  The matter was initially heard before former Chief Justice Abdulai Conteh and both men were vindicated.  However, the Attorney General’s Office applied to the Court of Appeal and that decision was subsequently reversed.

jose coye

While the presiding judges of the C.C.J. agree that the unlawful abuse of authority within central government cannot be found in common law, it disagrees with the decision of the majority on the principles of constitutional or public law.  Instead the C.C.J. is concerned with tort law and the nature and scope of the abuse of power and the appropriate manner in which the State must safeguard its interests in light of such losses.  All be told, justices Michael de la Bastide and Adrian Saunders affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeal to reinstate the government’s claim and granted it the cost to appeal.

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6 Responses for “Former government ministers lose C.C.J. case”

  1. Storm says:

    A little victory for we little Belizeans. Even our “royalty” must obey the law!

    Too bad we had to go to a foreign court to learn that.

  2. Victoria says:

    corrupt scumbags on both sides of the government

  3. jay says:

    to these two old selfish men, karma will balance all things, I’m happy to not be you. By his deeds shall a man be known .

  4. BB says:

    Greatest thieves ever!!1

  5. KISHORE MAKHIJANI says:

    POLITICIANS WHO STEAL ARE WORSE THAN BAR GIRLS- THEY ATLEAST TELL YOU HOW MUCH IT IS GOING TO COST YOU FOR SERVICES ,BUT DISHONEST POLITICIANS-CHARGE THE CITIZENS HOW MUCH EVER THEY WANT WITHOUT PROVIDING ANY SEVICE.
    WAKE UP POLITIICANS,WHEN THE ALMIGHTY STRIKES A HAMMER ON YOU GUYS-YOU’LL WILL SUFFER BEYOND IMAGINATION

  6. Neri says:

    A wonderful precedent has been set.. Talk about the greatest and the “fayciest” thief ever: Mr. PM look at yourself in the mirror. Who will pay for all the loss taxpayers will have to foot for these expropriations?

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