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Jul 20, 2011

PM responds to P.U.P. demands about preventative detention

Dean Barrow

Before the measure which could have seen citizens detained for up to twenty one days without being charged was set aside, the People’s United Party sent the PM a notice regarding preventive detention. Barrow’s response was that it’s a procedural issue in which the minimum time for consideration is ninety days. But now, it may take much more time before the government takes the proposal any further.

Dean Barrow

“I saw a letter that he wrote; I really do not want to be unkind, but my goodness. If this man wants to continue as leader of the opposition, he really needs to get a grip and understand what’s happening. He wrote a letter saying you need to either withdraw or immediately bring to the national Assembly the bill. How are you going to bring the bill to the National Assembly without first passing the constitutional amendment? He seems to be utterly confused. With respect to the ninety days; the ninety days is a minimum period, it’s not a maximum period. The fact that no consultations have been held and the initial ninety days is fast expiring, it means nothing. It simply means that we can’t go back to the House in ninety days time because we have not started any consultation process. Lord man, I don’t think that it is a matter of being deliberately misleading; I really think it is a case of the leader of the opposition completely not understanding and he has been a parliamentarian for how many years? God it’s frustrating.”

Adele Ramos, Amandala

“How long till the public get to see the draft legislation for preventative detention?”

Dean Barrow

“Well that’s what I just said Adele; that the whole process is again—to borrow Moses phrase—in the refrigerator. During this additional cooling off period, we expect for people will now come to us to say—those that don’t agree with preventative detention—you know we don’t agree; here are suggestions as to what else could be done to deal with the problem. We can’t lose sight of the fact that there is this huge problem that as a society we must tackle. If you don’t agree with preventative detention, then make some other constructive suggestions, noh. And from the start, the whole purpose of having a widespread of consultation process is so that we could come to get some sense—take a measure of what public opinion is like. If we after we deal with this more pressing issue for us—if we become convinced at any time that the vast majority of the people of this country or a significant majority of the people of this country do not want us to proceed in that way, then we won’t so proceed. I believe that the times require some drastic measure, but if the public, if the electorate says fine let there be drastic measures, but just not that one, I have to listen. That’s the whole idea of consultation. What’s the point of consulting if you have already made up your mind that whatever the consultation process throws up, you will proceed?”

Jules Vasquez. 7 News

“But you had said that that was your position. With respect, outside the house…”

Dean Barrow

“No, I did not say that at all. I said that I had every intention of seeing this one through. But Jules that has to be inherently subject to what the democratic process is. Either we are democrats or we’re not. And I am a democrat.”

So for now, the measure that was described as draconian and twice withdrawn will linger for some more time.

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10 Responses for “PM responds to P.U.P. demands about preventative detention”

  1. Ricky Malthus says:

    Barrow wants the Belizean society to agree with his rabid hate against them. Why would Belizeans want their teen age children to be jailed because they looked cross-eyed at one the moronic PC; why would the Belizean people agree to let Barrow jail them because in his hateful mind, he sees an enemy; why would the Belizean people give up their bill of rights ? because they love Barrow more than themselves. Come off it Barrow, you see an opportunity, just like a thief, to screw the country, screw the economy, create all kinds of canards, obstructions, diversions to mitigate your incompetence. In the end and in between,what have accomplished to date. Nothing! Nada! Zilch! Think of all the millions of dollars wasted that could havebeen used for employment,help businesses. But you preferred to screw the people.

  2. Rod says:

    He is no democrat he is hitler in reverse get rid of this ss person belizeans before it is too late now even the guatemalans see him as useless and incompetent so they are doing as they please.

  3. Justice says:

    All the PM can do is to throw insults and pretend he knows everything. Why can’t he deal witn the real issues facing the belizean people? Why is he only concerned about filing the pockets of his ex wife, (his present wife should be concerned here) son, daughter and other family members? Does he understand anything other than his libido? Why can’t he own up to what he said? Why is he so shallow? How on earth was he made PM?

  4. blvnjah says:

    STOP BEING A SARCASTIC A– BARROW. ALL OF A SUDDEN WHEN IT COMES TO DEMOCRACY AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE PROCESS, U USE IT TO SUIT UR PURPOSE.

    WHERE IS THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS BEING FULFILLED WHEN YOU USE THE SECURITY FORCES TO HIJACK A PUBLIC COMPANY AND KEEP IT FROM THE RIGHTFUL OWNERS, AS ORDERED BY THE COURTS.

  5. rod says:

    revolution is in the air que viva la revolucionnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  6. Woods says:

    If you are going to draft a bill such as this it should be to the extent where it states that Gang members are the ones that would be detained or their affiliates. But there has to be substantial evidence to prove that they are, it shouldn’t be so general that any law abiding civilian would be affected. I believe St. Kitts Just passed a similar Bill.

  7. Mr,Minister says:

    well all I have to say is that Barrow and his cronies are getting richer and we d sufa out ya get this ……….. out and now like weh Cardona seh call elections nowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww PUP all d wayyyyyyyyyyyy

  8. Higher Level says:

    I disagree with Zenaida. This man does have balls. Ah mean, you have to have humoungous balls to say these bull—- to reporters in response to their questions and they don’t see or do anything about it. All Hail King Barrow. It’s your world, we are only paying to live in it.

  9. Liberty and Freedom says:

    Barrow’s definition of a democracy is “three wolves and a sheep deciding what is for lunch”.

    Barrow wants other ideas, here it is:
    Any arrest is made for those that have or are suspected of a crime based upon evidence. If the individual is just suspected of a crime, they have to be read their rights, arrested, booked (with a record of what they are suspected of), provided with immediate legal counsel and taken before a judge within 24 hours. There would be a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to hold the suspect.

    His preventative retention proposal sounds like the “sweeps” the Nazi’s made to roundup people that dissented against Hitler. THERE IS A NEED FOR PREVENTATIVE DETENTION, HOWEVER, IT NEEDS TO BE JUST, AND PROTECT THE WRONGFULLY ACCUSED. The way it is proposed, a neighbor can untruthfully say you were beating your wife because he does not like you, and you could be hauled off and jailed without due process.

  10. Roy Yates says:

    Woods, I second your idea. I had the same idea in mind before I read your response. this is what should be known as uncommon, common sense.

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