Will the ex-servicemen league lose its property?
On Friday, members of the Belize Ex-Services League were alarmed when they discovered that the entrance to the building they have been occupying since the establishment of the organization decades ago, had been fastened with chains and locks. That action was taken by the National Executive Council, led by president Bernard Adolphus, following a Supreme Court decision in favor of the league’s membership. The administration has been at odds with its affiliates over the use of the lower flat of its headquarters on Newtown Barracks, presumably over the prospective sale of the land the building currently occupies. While a group of disgruntled members proceeded to cut the locks that evening, a letter written by attorney Hubert Elrington, on behalf of the executive body, was served to vice-chairman Keith Pipersburg on Monday afternoon, informing him of the measures taken.
Keith Pipersburg, Vice-Chairman, Belize Ex-Services League
“On Monday, 12:20 p.m., I received a letter from Mr. Elrington stating that the executive council would lock us out on Friday. That letter was written on Friday but was delivered to me on Monday. Now, therefore we had already taken action because we did not know who locked us out. Now, there is something I need to go back a little. During the first injunction against us they stated that we were a bunch of violent people because they had locked us out before, about ten years ago, and we cut those off. Now, they did the same thing again but I think that not giving me the letter on Friday, and holding it until Monday, with the knowledge that we would react on Friday when we couldn’t get into the place therefore we cut it off. Now they might use this action to take it another step.”
“Is the Ex-Services League or the executive council of the league still being ran by Bernard Adolphus?”
“Yes, as far as I know. But we are challenging his legality to that position. We’re challenging that.”
“So it is through his attorney, Hubert Elrington, that this process is taking place and, of course, the subsequent action of changing the locks on the doors.”
“Yes, that is right.”
“What is your recourse in light of the action taken against you guys?”
“Well, as I said, we’ve already reacted. We cut it off. Now we’re just waiting to see what they will do.”
The contention, according to the membership of the Belize Ex-Services League, is over the potential sale of the property that Canada House currently sits on. They say that the owners of the Golden Princess Casino are interested in purchasing the parcel to build a parking space for their building.
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