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Apr 4, 2019

Eamon Courtenay: “We live in a country where we have a constitution”

Eamon Courtenay

Aside from filing an injunction forthwith, government is also seeking a variation of the Chief Justice’s decision which would essentially allow for the referendum to be held on April tenth and the results kept confidential until the substantive matter has been decided upon.  Not only has that notion been described as strange, it also poses serious concerns for the claimants since they have a right that the law governing the holding of a legitimate referendum be obeyed.


Eamon Courtenay, P.U.P. Attorney

“There is an issue for my clients.  My clients don‘t know that that is going to be the result and my clients have a right to go to the House of Representatives.  My clients have a right that the law be obeyed and my clients have a right to a hearing in court and you cannot sacrifice that on the alter of expediency and say, “Noh worry bout it man, just go through and tek you lick.  No, we live in a country where we have a constitution.  We live in a country that has a court.  We live in a country that has rights, Marleni.  The end cannot justify the means, I‘m telling you, right.  You say these things, you put these questions and say, “man mek we get this referendum over and done with.  There are consequences.  There are consequences.  I listen to them say, if we stop this referendum it will actually evidence in court that the opportunity for solving it at the I.C.J. will be lost forever.  I mean a swear affidavit.  It is that type of nonsense that is run by the government to suggest and to influence the court into saying why this must go ahead.  The point is this, Marleni, there is no point having a referendum if the court is going to say it‘s unlawful, null and void.  Why?  First of all, it would be illegal and a government must not be encouraging an illegal act.  Secondly, think of the embarrassment on the international stage…”


Marleni Cuellar

“Can I just understand how it would be illegal if the CJ approves the variation order.  I said ultimately the court says it‘s illegal because he will vary it, hold it.  We won‘t certify it and then we will have a trial.”


Kevin Arthurs

“Because we‘re at the injunctive stage.”


Eamon Courtenay

“Right.  So after the trial, if the Chief Justice says null and void, what would we have gone through that process for?”

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  1. concern says:

    Why can we sue google maps for putting dotted lines between Belize and Guatemala borders??

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