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Jul 6, 2011

Briceño says P.M. benefits from relationship with Ashcroft Group

John Briceño

During Monday’s Special Sitting of the House, Prime Minister Dean Barrow gave a close replay of his 2009 speech when he first nationalized Telemedia and chastised Briceño’s family for selling business interests in SMART to companies related to Lord Michael Ashcroft.  Briceño explained that there is nothing illegal with that, and instead he turned the focus on Prime Minister Barrow whose law firm is still benefiting from the fruits of the Ashcroft Group.

Jose Sanchez

“The PM pointed out with all nationalizations of Telemedia that you can’t have a position because of your family’s business interest in SMART.”

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“I wish I could give you the answer that I would want to give you in private, I would like to give it to the Prime Minister face to face. But we have media and we have some ladies present. But let me start off by stating and making it absolutely clear. What Jaime Briceño and Renan Briceño have done is nothing illegal. They came with an idea, they have invested all their money—everything that they have and own—to start a company. And then managed to get that company to where it is and brought in other investors. These two gentlemen have invested in several companies that have created employment for hundreds of people across this country; something Dean Barrow cannot say. And let me add that unlike Mr. Barrow, I have not been doing like what Mister Barrow is doing presently whereby he has been giving lucrative contracts to his brother, to his ex-wife, to his two sons, to his daughter, to his law firm to the tune of millions of dollars. And in May 2010, in an interview with our good friend here Jules Vasquez., Mr. Barrow admitted on television when Mister Vasquez asked him: “But are you not still a beneficial partner of Barrow and Williams and if it benefits Barrow and Williams will it not then also benefit you?” The very contracts that Mister Barrow is giving to his law partner. What did Mister Barrow answer? He said any professional work that Barrow and Williams does will benefit me. Indeed I continue to quite publicly and openly draw a share of the profits. So in effect what Mister Barrow is doing is using his position in government to enrich his partner so that he in return can benefit from the profits. So that is the question Mr. Barrow needs to answer. Mr. Barrow has to stop being a hypocrite and a liar and needs to come clean to the public and state how many millions of dollars he has gotten from Mr. Ashcroft. That is what Mr. Barrow needs to do for the Belizean people.”

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3 Responses for “Briceño says P.M. benefits from relationship with Ashcroft Group”

  1. Justice says:

    I agree, barrow has benefitted. He should be made to declare his assets and how they were acquired openly to the Belizean people, All of his family who benefitted should do likewise.

  2. Hugo Rivas says:

    well said Mr. Briceno…Barrow is benefits from Ashcroft…..he is a hypocrite playing with the minds of the Belizean people!!!1

  3. acz says:

    Be it Mr. Borrow, or Mr. Briceño: Do your job well. Election is around the corner.

    Belize need fresh minds and to come up with solution and action for to solve the high crime rate, unemployment, and to increase opportunities for our hard working families. Enough talk and time for more action.

    Belize: begin reading between the lines and words.

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