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Jan 23, 2023

Litigation is Highly Possible if Brads Contract is Canceled

Revoking the Brads contract will likely result in a long-drawn-out legal battle between the principals of B.G.G.L. and the Government of Belize.  As it stands, Brads has filed for judicial review against a statutory instrument that was passed in March 2022, imposing an additional twelve and a half percent monthly tax on the company’s gross revenues.  That matter is still before the Supreme Court.


John Briceño

Prime Minister John Briceño

“We tried to work with them, they had two years and they still have not lived up to their commitments, we believe.”


Isani Cayetano

“Do you foresee that this will become a litigious matter?”


John Briceño

“Well, Dean Barrow.  Look at the dictionary for litigation and you see his picture would come out.  So obviously he will go to court, that’s how he makes his living and I respect that.”


Dean Barrow

Dean Barrow, Attorney-at-law

“My conviction actually, is that government will cancel the contract.  I don’t see that this is something their doing, in terms of the threatening letter that the Lotteries Committee sent simply to rattle Brad’s chains.  The judicial review matter is still ongoing.  In my view, the government, it’s too early to say how that will turn out but I don’t think the government has been having an easy time of it, my own sense of how that particular action in the high court is proceeding. They said publicly that when they get in they would do something about the contract and they did by way of the effort to tax Brad’s out of existence.  That’s either taking too long or they may be of the view that ultimately they won’t succeed and so now, in order to keep faith with their promise of threat, depending on how you look at it, their pre-election promise or threat, they are moving to put an end to the contract.  Not something thing that can be stopped, but clearly will then lead to another lawsuit or to more lawsuits and the saga will continue.”

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