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Jul 10, 2019

PM Barrow Defends Fellow Ministers; Says F.T.C. Allegations Are Untrue

Dean Barrow

PM Barrow also responded to a statement in the claim which says that “There are other important connections between the Belizean government and S.B.E.” In the claim, allegations are also made against Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber and U.D.P. Minister Manuel Heredia Junior and Erwin Contreras. It says that Faber and Heredia reportedly communicated with S.B.E. defendant, Frank Costanzo. It alleges that Contreras handled construction for S.B.E. through Enforcement Action defendant, Sittee River Wildlife Reserve. In one draft marketing communication, S.B.E. planned to tell U.S. consumers that “the Prime Minister, Honorable Dean Barrow owns a lot at Sanctuary Belize.”  The document says that although Barrow’s name does not appear on the lot list, he may have rights through another person or entity.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Now how do you deal with something like that, you say that somebody say that I own a lot. You go and check and I own no lot. But you don’t leave it there and say that somebody might be fronting for him. How does one deal with that? Absolutely outrageous. S.B.E. also had contacts throughout the Barrow’s government. Among other examples, S.B.E. defendant—again another defendant—Frank Costanzo communicated with Patrick Faber, the Deputy Prime Minister. Now communication to what end? In some improper way? That is not said. But Faber tells me like me, he had no communication with any Frank Constanzo or anybody concerning Sanctuary Bay. So they have these people who are defendants whose words obviously cannot be relied on say these sorts of things and they go from there. There was in fact a n Erwin Contreras who worked for Sanctuary Bay. Not Erwin Winchie Raphael Contreras. The guy sent his picture to Erwin and said, I see they confused you with me. But my goodness man wasn’t that something that the F.T.C. ought to have checked before defaming in my view, Erwin Contreras and saying that he was an engineering and working fulltime with S.B.E. proving cost estimates. Does not that then put the whole thing in the proper light?”

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