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Jul 4, 2011

Will new bill reinforce right to Appeals Court enforcement on Telemedia

Dean Barrow

The new law would have to be tested once again in the court, adding to the growing number of legal challenges and proceedings that will have to be paid for by taxpayers. The recent court ruling, a declaratory judgment, proved that the first nationalization was null and void, for all intents and purposes, it never happened. So the shares should have been reverted to the shareholders that had controlling interest prior to the 2009 nationalization. The PM indicated that the new bill would reinforce the right to enforcement, but that may simply mean a larger debt to the previous shareholders rather than respecting the rule of law.

Dean Barrow

“As for the clauses of this new bill, Mr. Speaker, the amendments we are making today are fully consonant with the requirements according to the Court of Appeal. Of particular note is the new section 71, which deals with the payment of compensation. The bill both details the scheme for satisfying compensation awards, and reinforces the right to enforcement.  Access to court for the purpose of establishing a claimant’s interest in acquired property, as well as his entitlement to compensation; have been amplified in the new section 63. Altogether, the amendments proposed appear to us to satisfy every concern expressed by the judgment. Therefore, Mr. Speaker, as soon as the bill is passed, we intend to reacquire the same property that was taken in August of 2009. This will reassure all Belize that the Government is in full control because we would have done everything legally necessary to retain ownership of Belize

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2 Responses for “Will new bill reinforce right to Appeals Court enforcement on Telemedia”

  1. Roy Yates says:

    The Priminister is acting like two persons that enter into a bet, and neither of them want to turn the proceeds over to a third party until a decision is made as to who won the bet. The court said that what he did was nul and void and should be turn over to the original owner. That’s the order of the court. Borrow should be the one to have to go back to court according his new legislation. Even as a layman I don’t see how he can excuse away the clear fact that he is disrispecting the ruling of the court. I wonder if the folks for BTL would be able do what he is doing and not be arrested? The man has juice in that he can get the Police and the BDF to thumb their noze at the court. At least he made new history for himself.

  2. only in belice says:

    Barrow and Finnegan and company were pandering to the thugs they brought to the gallery. their master plan for next election is to milk BEL and BTL and to keep giving freebies to these same thugs in hope that they payback with votes at the polls. but somebody has to pay for all this, and this is what Barrow does not want to hear. alienating the Chamber of Commerce and the productive sector will severely harm the economy. this is a Belizean Ponzi Scheme, he is taking from the utility copmpanies to buy the elction, no new wealth is being generated,and it all has to crash someday!!!it will not be pretty my people..

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