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May 10, 2012

King’s Contract may be inconsequential to CJ’s decision

Denys Barrow

The Galvez petition is based on a contract that Brint’s Security Service had obtained with the Ministry of Finance. Galvez alleged that King is the General Manager of Brint’s which has a one hundred and thirty five thousand dollar contract which started in July 2011 and ends in July 2013.  Brint’s contract includes the Charles Bartlett Hyde Building on Mahogany Street and the San Ignacio Sales Tax Office.  But as you’ve heard from the attorneys, no mention of this contract has been made in the Chief Justice’s courtroom. Asked when those arguments would be made; Denys Barrow said he doesn’t think the case will ever reach that stage.

 

Denys Barrow, Attorney for Mark King

“I am proposing that we will not even reach there because the question is not whether a contract exists, but the question is whether there is a contract which falls afoul of the law. Let me give you an example. You can have other contracts such as a contract to lease land from government. Consider that both Dean Barrow and Said Musa at one time held leases, contract of leases, with the Government of Belize. So they were in contracts with the Government of Belize. The question is; were those contracts, contracts for or on account of the public service so as to disqualify them from office? The answer has to be no. So it is not any contract. The question is whether it is a contract which falls within the disqualification.”

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