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Jun 21, 2013

OCEANA VP vows that battle will go all the way to CCJ

Audrey Matura-Shepherd

While Matura-Shepherd remains outwardly optimistic, she admits that the judgment of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin is disappointing. And while both sides remained cordial as they filed out of court today, comments Matura-Shepherd and Barrow gave to the media made it clear that it is going to be an all out war.


Audrey Matura-Shepherd, Vice President, Oceana Belize

“I think people fail to understand the companies were at liberty to be part of the matter. They said the government can represent their interests. Obviously they were right. You see the government is in court batting for them. Why would they spend their money getting attorneys to come to the court to fight this case when taxpayer monies could be doing it for them? When they have more clout that the oil companies? You think it is easy when the Prime Minister’s brother gets up in court before a judge? Why would they try and trump that. That’s the best trump card they have. And this is a former Court of Appeal Judge. Let’s be real. There is the case and the Judiciary and there is the optics of the situation and the politics of the situation. You all have to understand that we right now are only dealing strictly with the legal part, with the court and the Chief Justice had to make a decision based on what he thought was before him. But there is so much more to this. You all have been following the case from the start, so I still remain confident. We’re not going away, we’re not upset. We are disappointed but this is just one more step…one more step to reach the mountaintop.”


Denys Barrow

Denys Barrow, Attorney for Government

“This again is part of the propaganda spin which Ms. Matura is so very good at and one has to pay tribute. She is unceasing in this regard but she needs to appreciate that she does a disservice to people because she misleads people with these false statements. One or more of the oil companies considered joining, as she has testified. But when, I think…this is my surmise but I think this is a reasonable surmise…when they realized that the case that Ms. Matura-Shepherd and her organizations had brought was absolutely incapable of impacting them they did the sensible thing – this fight doesn’t concern me so why should I try to get in it. There is not anything that Oceana can get out of that claim that they brought that makes it sensible for the oil companies to join in…so why join in?”


Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin handed down his verbal decision today, but will deliver his written ruling at a later time. No doubt that is a document both parties will need to scrutinize carefully as they gear up for battle in the Court of Appeal.

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2 Responses for “OCEANA VP vows that battle will go all the way to CCJ”

  1. Orlando says:

    One would assume she is in it for the money and not for the country. How low can a person stoop and how selfish, disappointed and no respect for herself! That’s why she behave this way.

  2. Carla says:

    when is her time up? why doesnt she start her own tv show she loves it so much-oh wait-she did and it flopped.

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