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C.C.J. Orders Belize Bank Payment for U.H.S.; Resistance is Futile

The Barrow administration has been dealt yet another crippling blow by the Caribbean Court of Justice, after losing an appeal in respect of a long-drawn-out matter involving the defunct Universal [...]

Costs from Arbitration Rose Due to Government ‘Obstinacy’

According to Courtenay, a letter will be forwarded to government later this week requesting payment.  Should there be no response or a refusal to pay the outstanding debt, a certificate [...]

G.O.B. Disappointed, Still Insists Deal Was Corrupt

Solicitor General Nigel Hawke appeared on behalf of government and was first to express disappointment with the CCJ’s verdict.  While he is awaiting further instructions, the Sol Gen maintains that [...]

Vindication for Ex-P.M. Musa in U.H.S. Affair

The source of the lengthy proceedings is former Prime Minister Said Musa, whose administration back in 2004 entered into an agreement by signing a loan note between the Belize Bank [...]

Musa Says Taiwan & Venezuela Grants Would Have Settled Debt

According to Musa, the matter had been settled during his term in office and that government had indeed received funding from Taiwan and Venezuela that would have cleared the debt. [...]

Belize Bank Says It’s All Over; U.S. Refused Hearing on Enforcement

Late this evening, the Belize Bank also issued a press release on the decision, stating, “In its judgment today, the CCJ granted permission to the Bank to enforce the L.C.I.A. [...]

Plans in Train to Revoke Nationalities in 2012 Rush, SolGen Reveals

Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay and Solicitor General Nigel Hawke were on opposite sides of the bar in a different forum this afternoon, specifically at the National Assembly in Belmopan where [...]

Fixing the Guatemala Conundrum

The other legal opinion has to do with clarifying the status of Guatemalan nationals renouncing their citizenship in order to become Belizeans. The process of granting nationality to Guatemalans has [...]

Review on Whether Marriage Makes One a Belizean

Also questioned was the matter of nationality through marriage to a Belizean. As seen in the case of Peter Dahlstrom, section eleven of the Nationality Act requires persons registering to [...]

Ministerial Influence Not Necessary; Will Immigration Minister Do Something?

And finally from the Senate Special Select Committee tonight, Solicitor General Nigel Hawke addressed the issue of ministerial responsibility and alleged interference in the Department through direct instructions and recommendations [...]

2 Including Minor Freed of P.G. Taximan Murder Charge

Two men from Punta Gorda Town were today acquitted in the Supreme Court of Justice Denis Hanomansingh of a charge of murder. Twenty-four-year old Albert Valentine and a seventeen-year-old minor [...]

Why Elvin Penner Was Never Charged

Elvin Penner’s political career is in tatters after he was booted from Cabinet in September of 2013 over the Won Hong Kim scandal. He narrowly survived a recall drive shortly [...]

Roger Tien’s ‘Special Access’ at Immigration Dept.

Roger Tien – he was directly invited to Belize by Minister of Economic Development Erwin Contreras on the basis of making investments here. And Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse agreed to [...]

Reforms Suggested for Public Service Commission

At least one member of the Senate Special Select Committee, Ashley Rocke, has gone on record to say he believes that public officers are more to blame than Government ministers [...]

Godwin Hulse Says Questionable Guate-Belizeans Can’t Vote in I.C.J. Referendum

After a week’s hiatus, the Senate Special Select Committee returned with Minister of Immigration and Nationality Senator Godwin Hulse facing his Senate colleagues in the chair once again.  Over three [...]

Immigration & Foreign Affairs Moving Slowly on Verification of Renunciation Process

That announcement came during an extensive discussion of the countries’ relations in terms of Guatemalans becoming Belizean citizens.  Hulse told the Committee that previously, Guatemala simply accepted the Belizean renunciation [...]

Are ‘Canceled’ Nationalities, Passports Still Being Used?

The Minister of Immigration and Nationality, Senator Godwin Hulse, is the final authority on the granting of nationality certificates. In the Auditor General’s special report, two cases were cited of [...]

Recommenders for Nationality Must Come Out in the Open

In light of the many problems with recommenders for nationality and other Immigration problems, Minister Hulse readily agreed that a recommendation should be made that recommenders present themselves in person [...]

5 Years Later, Still No Solution on Peter Dahlstrom’s Citizenship by Marriage

As noted by Minister Hulse, the case of Swedish national Peter Dahlstrom was one of those that made the news. He married the sister of Kim Simplis Barrow more than [...]

Won Hong Kim Could Evade Gazette Publication for Nationality

P.U.P. Senator Eamon Courtenay questioned Minister Hulse on the matter of the composition of the Nationality Committee, which considers the qualifications of applicants, as well as the publication of names [...]

The “Culture” of Ministerial Recommendations

Those members of Cabinet who have appeared before the Senate Special Select Committee continuously contend that their recommendations for persons to acquire visas, permanent residence, passports and even nationality should [...]

City Resident Remanded on Sexual Assault Charge

Tonight, thirty-one-year-old Orlando Fisher of Belize City is on remand at the Belize Central Prison after being denied bail for the alleged sexual abuse of a nine-year-old child on two [...]

Machete Attack Leads to Charges

An alleged machete wielding attacker was arraigned this morning in court. He is twenty-two-year-old Aaron Flores of Gentle Street, Belize City, who is charged with grievous harm and use of [...]

Call Center Employee Charged in Clinton Abraham Shooting

Twenty-six-year-old Transparent B.P.O. employee, Eugene Mark Anthony Fraser is on remand at the Belize Central Prison tonight after being arraigned for the use of deadly means of harm and wounding [...]

U.S. Supreme Court Turns Down Further Review of UHS Case

The Supreme Court of the United States today declined to review an order from the District of Columbia Circuit affirming a trial court opinion in favor of the Belize Bank [...]