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Feb 4, 2020

Land Compensation Case Against Andre Vega Goes to the Court of Appeal

Andre Vega

Estevan Perera is also the attorney for Andre Vega, son of former Lands Minister Gaspar Vega. In July of 2019, the government took the younger Vega to court to recover over four hundred thousand dollars that was paid in compensation to him for prime property along the Philip Goldson Highway, near the Haulover Bridge. The land was sold to Andre by Hilmar Alamilla for fifteen thousand dollars back in 2013. When the Ministry of Natural Resources realized that the titles were duplicated and the property was privately owned, the government opted to compensate Andre at market value to the tune of four hundred thousand dollars. This case was also heard by Justice Courtney Abel who ruled that Vega is to return the money and that he was unjustly enriched at the expense of the government and people of Belize. Well not a cent has been paid back and that’s because Perera has filed an appeal on behalf of his client. They are now awaiting a hearing at the Court of Appeal.

 

Estevan Perera

Estevan Perera, Attorney

“We are awaiting the appeal right now; so that’s in process. We filed the appeal with respect to that claim and we expect that it should come out anytime soon for it to be heard by the Court of Appeal. Hopefully it is heard this year; we are hoping that it’s heard as soon as possible.”

 

Duane Moody

“Is it that your client refuses to reimburse the monies that were paid to him?”

 

Estevan Perera

“I wouldn’t say that it is a situation where the client refuses. Where we are at is at the Court of Appeal and so what in most cases occurs is that the parties await the outcome of the Court of Appeal before making any drastic steps in terms of carrying out any of the orders requested by the Supreme Court and I do believe that that’s what the parties are ultimately waiting for. Both parties would be complying obviously with whatever decision the Court of Appeal makes in respect to the matter. So we hope that it is heard as early as possible and we still believe that we have a very strong case in the appeal.”


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