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Feb 9, 2017

P.U.P. Issues Message of Support for Senator Eamon Courtenay

The People’s United Party today issued a statement strongly supporting its lead Senator, Eamon Courtenay in the wake of a full-fledged U.D.P. campaign to remove Courtenay from the senate. The P.U.P. says that with the revelation that the Central Bank (International Immunities) Act has no teeth for enforcement in the U.S. and that Belize’s foreign reserves were never under real threat, Prime Minister Dean Barrow, in the deathless phrase of Hubert Elrington, “continues to demonstrate he is all glitter but no substance.” According to the release, the U.D.P. must explain why the Prime Minister’s law firm, Barrow and Williams, continues on retainer for Lord Ashcroft’s companies. And why it signed what it calls a blank check to the former owners of B.T.L., causing a settlement of over five hundred and fifty-seven million dollars for a company worth a little over one hundred million dollars. It also questions why current Senators Godwin Hulse and Stephen Duncan, both former colleagues in the Association of Concerned Belizeans, “mysteriously drop their case in the Supreme Court in 2009 when they were challenging the BTL Accommodation agreement?” The release, in calling for the Government to resign, refers to the Senate inquiry on Immigration and the admissions of former Director of Immigration Ruth Meighan, that there was electoral fraud in the 2012 General Elections with the admission of over two thousand citizens onto the voter roll that were not qualified to become Belizeans, resulting in one of the closest elections ever, and Wednesday’s statement by ex-C.E.O. of the Ministry of Immigration, Candelaria Saldivar-Morter, that she and Senator Hulse knew of the scandal, not to mention the frequent appearances of Ministers at the Department trying to influence the issuing of visas, nationalities and passports.

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