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Nov 12, 2019

Is Candice Miller Playing Chess with CitCo?

Bernard Wagner

Upon exiting the Supreme Court victorious on the evening of October fourth, attorney Magali Perdomo, who represents Miller in the wrongful termination suit, reiterated the fact that a contract, in this case a formal agreement between the previous city council and Miller, is legally valid.  So, if the Court of Appeal upholds the decision handed down by Justice Abel that Miller’s dismissal was in fact a breach of contract, what’s the mayor’s next move?
Isani Cayetano

“You guys have filed an application to appeal the outcome of this matter at the Supreme Court level.  If the judgment of Justice Courtney Abel is affirmed at the Court of Appeal, do you then seek, as a council, to pay off that debt or do you then try to beyond that?  It’s an obvious question because there is also the C.C.J. as the final jurisdiction.”

 

Bernard Wagner, Belize City Mayor

“Again, I would have to leave that question to our attorneys, but I say that our attorneys feel strongly about our chances in the appeal and we just have to take it from there.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“The release that was issued yesterday, it seemed to have targeted Miss Miller.  It came off a bit personal, if that were the case.  This is business.  This is a matter that went before the court, the court adjudicated in favor of Miss Miller and she has taken a sort of step that I would want to say kind of preempted your move.  You were filing the appeal yesterday, but yesterday she was already moving to have assets crow-footed.  Why did the letter have that, or the release, should I say, have a particular tone to it?”

 

Bernard Wagner

“I don’t think the press release.  I read that press release and ih neva had that tone to it.  I just think ih mi wahn establish that we felt at the council that the goal post was being moved, man.  In the first instance you have twenty one days to execute your writ, but then not by coincidence, last week when we disclosed that we were appealing, days after, you move to execute your judgment and then even further to that you move to even crow-foot the assets of the council and these assets are what keep, give the council the ability to follow up the function as a council in providing services to the city.  And at the end of the day, dis noh hurt Mayor Wagner. Dis da noh Mayor Wagner, dis da di council, dis da di city, dis da di residents.  Da di people dis hurt you know.  Dis noh hurt di council.  We felt that even though the court ruled, we felt that it was an unlawful act and we stand by that and that is why we are appealing the case.”


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