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Nov 20, 2018

Former Prime Minister Weighs in on Sanctuary Bay Scam

Said Musa

…and while we wait to hear from Prime Minister Barrow, former Prime Minister Said Musa has weighed in on the matter. Musa, who is also a seasoned attorney, has been to Sittee River Wildlife Reserve on a site visit, not as a government official but in the capacity as a lawyer. According to Musa, he represented a client who was suing the owners. And as far as the scam goes, Musa says it is not something that would have been obvious to someone in Belize.

 

Said Musa, Former Prime Minister

“I have been down there to look at the facility and the reason I did that was because I was involved in a case in which we are suing the actual owners. This was way back, a few years ago. But it concerned more whether my client, who had built on the facility as an engineer, architect, whether he had done a proper job of the facility. So I had to go and inspect the facility itself. As far as the scam, I don’t think that was obvious to anyone in Belize. I took place between the banks and the prospectus that was put out up there in the United States of America. I am surprise that the allegation if it is correct- a hundred million dollars scam- that has taken so long to come to light especially with the kind of judicial system that they have in the United States, FBI and all that, F.C.C. which are supposedly very strict. I am just surprise that this has taken so long for this thing to come to light.”

 

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“Do you believe that hurts Belize’s image internationally?

 

Said Musa

“Yes it does just like the one with Cannes. These people went to Cannes, proposing this massive investment in our marine areas of Belize. Total scam. That’s the problem when ministers go abroad and just give in to the hype and allow these people to use the name of Belize. That can lead to very unfortunate situation.”


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