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C.C.J. Settles B.T.L. Dispute – US $78 Million for Ex-Owners

Eight years of costly legal battles between the Government of Belize and Dunkeld International Limited, a subsidiary of the Ashcroft Group, over the final payment for the 2009 B.T.L. acquisition, [...]

G.O.B. Has 9 Days to Find Money

A release from the CCJ points out that the court is holding G.O.B. to tough terms if payment is not met in the prescribed timeline, thereby imposing an interest rate [...]

Eamon Courtenay Says P.M. Must ‘Come up’

The predicament that government now finds itself in, according to Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay, is entirely the responsibility of PM Barrow, who privately negotiated the settlement of compensation package with [...]

Financial Secretary ‘Disappointed’

So, roughly eighty million U.S. dollars in ten days.  It’s perhaps the biggest disbursement that government would have made in respect of the B.T.L. saga within such a limited span.  [...]

P.M. Says It’s Over – Will Pay by Deadline

Prime Minister Barrow, following this morning’s decision, called a press conference this afternoon to address the judgment.  While government will meet its obligations to Dunkeld and B.T.L. Employees Trust in [...]

Did Court Miss Point of Audit Objections?

As we’ve reported, government’s attorneys made it a point before the CCJ that they would not accept the results of independent audits done on behalf of Dunkeld and the Employees [...]

P.M. Counts on Tourism Boost to Overcome Pain

The drawing down on seventy-eight million U.S. dollars from the Central Bank’s reserves at this time of year raises serious concerns.  Will the local economy be adversely impacted by the [...]

P.M. Barrow Concedes Errors in Settlement Agreement But It’s Not All His Fault

The drafting of the settlement agreement between the Prime Minister and Lord Michael Ashcroft, as well as their respective attorneys, has been criticized as poorly put together.  The CCJ bench [...]

Opposition Calls Final Resolution ‘Absolute Disaster’ for Belize

This afternoon, the People’s United Party released a statement of its views on the judgment, which it calls an “absolute disaster” for Belize.  It points out that the timing of [...]

Couple, Terrorized in Corozal Home Invasion, Packing Up to Leave

Burglars roaming in the Corozal District have traumatized the community. The latest victims of armed robbers are expats Michael and Janet McGhee. The elderly U.S. couple has been living in [...]

City Youth Nabbed for Attack on “Chainsaw” James Swazo

A Belize City youth has been arraigned for the attempted murder of well-known taxi-man, James Swazo, who was shot on October twenty-ninth, 2017 at his home in the Jane Usher [...]

How Late Leela Vernon Benefited from Cabinet Decision on Renewing Passports

Minister of Immigration and Nationality, Senator Godwin Hulse, made his first appearance before his Senate colleagues on the Special Select Committee this morning in Belmopan. He was questioned on various [...]

Participants in Nationality Rush Took Advantage of Obvious Loophole on Residency

Opposition Senator Eamon Courtenay revealed during this morning’s testimony that, among the rush of secret informants to the Special Select Committee, an unnamed source visited him some time ago with [...]

Director, Not Ministers, Has Final Say on Visa Grants

The law on granting visas for entry into Belize places discretion solely on the shoulder of the Director of Immigration, assisted by her juniors in the department, to accept or [...]

P.M. Proclaims B.T.L. Still Worth It

Notwithstanding the exorbitant cost that the people of Belize have ultimately paid for B.T.L., PM Barrow maintains that it was all worth the money.  That’s a hefty price tag of [...]

Audit Shows ‘Different Level’ of Alleged Corruption in B.D.F.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow this afternoon lent his support to a full investigation of Belize Jungle Experience Limited.  The company is being audited by the Audit Department for appearing to [...]

Elvin Penner, You’re On Your Own!

Back to the senate hearings…Former minister Elvin Penner was appointed back in 2012 to join Godwin Hulse in the immigration ministry and was assigned direct responsibility for the Immigration Department.  [...]

Findings on Won Hong Kim

The infamous Won Hong Kim affair, while not the start of the Immigration Department’s troubles, certainly exacerbated them. After its discovery multiple investigations were triggered, including the one that led [...]

Ladyville Police Certify 124 GREAT Students

Criminal activities linked to gangs continue to be one the challenges for local cops.  Since 2008, the Belize Police Department has been tackling the growing issue through the Gang Resistance [...]