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Sep 29, 2009

Mayor’s attorney says allegations are untrue

Story PictureAnd what is the defense for the Mayor in light of allegations of unaccounted funds? Her attorney, Hubert Elrington, says government will have to come hard to win their case. And as for the reason behind the allegations against her? Elrington says it’s all because she stood her ground, and it’s all an effort to destroy her political career.

Hubert Elrington
“It is an attempt to use the criminal law to flag the mayor because the mayor was able to say I am the mayor, I run the City Council. You don’t run the City Council. So because of that, because she had the—you know I was going to say something but I better not say it. But she had that fortitude to say I run Belize City. Many of the regulations have to be put aside in order to enable the City Council to survive from day to day without going bankrupt. That is not the fault of the mayor, the mayor did not put the Belize City Council in that position and every honest person in Belize knows that.”

Marion Ali
“But the allegation is that the mayor uttered false documents and misappropriated funds.”

Hubert Elrington
“They don’t know the meaning of uttering. They do not know the meaning of uttering and I will prove it to them in court, that is correct.”

Marion Ali
“So your motion that you filed today was saying what?”

Hubert Elrington
“They are violating the democratic nature of the City Council. The City Council was elected. How are you going to put Patrick Tillett in to run City Council? Nobody elected him. Where does he come from? Did he subject himself to the people of Belize? Did the people of Belize chose him? How does he come to have authority over the City Council funds and the City Council property? Who elected him? Who gave Mr. Barrow constitutional authority to meddle in the affairs of the City Council? He has his business in Belmopan.”

Marion Ali
“It may not be a who but what and the alarms that were raised by Mr. Esquivel and the previous council.”

Hubert Elrington
“Listen to me, when you see that group together, Esquivel, Net Vasquez and what is the next one? Barrow, stay away from them. Take my advice. Anytime you see that group together. They have never yet been able to take Belize through a five year period without landing us on the reef. They have never yet been able to take us through a five year period without landing us on the reef and that is exactly where we are heading right now.”

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