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Oct 17, 2019

PM Barrow Takes Opposition Leader to Task

Tonight, the Prime Minister Dean Barrow is blasting the letter by Opposition Leader John Briceño, a day after Briceño wrote to him. That letter by Briceño, dated October fifteenth, was on the Joshua Perdomo forty thousand dollars loan write off and it got the better out of the PM. Barrow tells Briceño that his letter is “weaponization of falsehoods, unsustainable conclusions, and downright dishonesty.”  The PM says that at the time the motion was first presented, Briceño was not aware that Perdomo was the son of the Cabinet Secretary and is using that fact to score points off the public outrage. It was the responsibility of the Ministry of National Security to collect the Perdomo loan and the ministry failed for nine years, he says in a very lengthy letter. According to Barrow,  the Ministry would have been unable to sue him in the United States for a Belize case; and if the Ministry of National Security had found a way to sue him in Belize and won, there would have been no way of enforcing the Belize judgment in the United States. The bottom line, says Barrow, is that at all material times and for multiple reasons the debt was uncollectible. The PM tells Briceño “Also, do not be in too much of a rush to preen and give yourself props for having supposedly located Joshua Perdomo. Once the matter became notorious and scandal driven, all sorts of informants in our ho me and diaspora societies were bound to come out of the woodwork. But by then, your having remained dumb at the time of the presentation of the motion, it was too late.” And then it gets personal. The PM states that what is malfeasance, is “your gifting at knockdown prices and without competitive bidding, acres and acres of Government of Belize lands to your father, uncle, brother and yourself.” The P.U.P. consideration to institute court action against the write-off is a ship that has sailed, says the PM.  Barrow calls on Briceño to appeal to Perdomo to pay the debt. The letter does not address the guarantor to the loan, who is Perdomo’s sister, nor does the PM make reference to the motion, which he presented and recited that Perdomo could not be located thus the write-off.

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