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Jul 20, 2011

Preventative detention now in refrigerator’s back shelf

Dean Barrow

The other hot button issue is Preventive Detention. It is a measure that was first withdrawn due to considerable opposition by the man on the street. In its incarnation in May of this year, there were still objections by many as well as by organizations such as the Human’s Rights Commission and the Opposition.  It is one of the three crime bills that were introduced to the House of Representatives in May. While two were passed with the government’s super majority, preventive detention would necessitate a constitutional amendment.  Opponents of the bill say the amendment would be necessary since it restricts liberties and freedoms enshrined in the constitution. Although the issue was thawing and rotting like the proverbial old beef on the streets, the PM said this morning that for now, that measure is going back into the cool recesses of the refrigerator.

Dean Barrow

“We are able to determine whether we should proceed absent a referendum. We don’t need a referendum to help us make this determination. Look, let me make something clear, I’ve been threatened over preventative detention. My thoughts along those lines are on the basis of wanting to protect the society including the very people who are most being murdered. You look at it: dah noh di middle class people, dah noh di business people di get murdered; dah young black males. And so the notion that somehow we came up with this as a sop to the business people, is simply not true. On Friday we’re going to introduce the constitutional amendment to enshrine the ownership of the public utilities in the government and people of Belize and we want to take that through the public consultation process and concentrate on that. So certainly for that period of ninety plus days, there will be no focus on preventative detention at all. So it’s on pause; it’s on hold until at the very least we can get through what we plan to introduce on Friday. On the same day as we passed the B.E.L. act, the trial by judge alone bill and the bill to amend the law so that when somebody is convicted in the Magistrate’s Court and appeal and gets bail, no longer does it mean that the conviction is suspended. In other words, that was a get out of jail free card because the appeal would never come up. That’s now the part of the law that your appeal does not act as any suspension of the sentence. You have to go to the Supreme Court to apply. There were three measures: Preventive detention which would have to be by way of a constitutional change; the trial by judge alone and the amendment to provide for the non-automatic suspension of sentences after an appeal from conviction in the Magistrate’s Court. Two have been accomplished; the 3rd is now officially on hold until at the very least we can get through what we are doing on Friday.”

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6 Responses for “Preventative detention now in refrigerator’s back shelf”

  1. Ricky Malthus says:

    Barrow is wrong on all counts. This man is suffering from an inferiority complex and will try to bring his perceived “betters” to their knees. Trial by Jury is already enshrined in the laws and constitution of Belize. I am just trying to unravel who he is targeting now; who miffed him. What is his motive to rupture the legal system. I bet he is consulting with his old Jamaican rag-tag,social misfits who have taken vows to beat the white man at his game. Dean, the gig is up. We know what you are doing and we have the names of all the conspirators from jamaica, Barbados, and the home grown here in the city. Give it up , Dean before the roof falls in on your head. So stop terrorizing the people.

  2. Sugar says:

    U good fu-nothing bald head black man……….WHY wud U say that the people dying :”dah young black males”.????? in the recent past, 2 murders in OW have included a hispanic and a chinese…Do they not count for U?? are U just interested in the murders of black males?? U sounding now like one of the most popular newspapers….”everything happen to peple because they are black”

  3. belizeanpride says:

    SUGAR you got it right,

    what about the others chines males and the lady in cayo and other hispanic deaths seems he don’t count them, only the black but really if he wants to dictate no matta what we say he’s deaf and dumb.

  4. Roger Black says:

    What Dean need to get going is Hanging 4 Murdaring
    Easy as that
    And the people want that in Belize.

  5. frustrated says:

    how many businesses have been robbed at gun point? how many chnese gracers and their families murdered. I think the Chinese association should force him to apologize. Barrow panders to his audience, he was at the zinc fence so he still had on his black power cap. Barrow is a fraud

  6. ladymatura says:

    PD is only on hold – we have not seen the last of it as we can remember in 2008 it was shelved and resurrected 2011. the whap now is that he will get people all distracted and riled up about nationalization and ownership and all will be on a high and feeling yeah this is for the people then PD will be slapped back on us. Plus see how they just went through the back-door and already passed trial without jury – that needed debate. A tradition and right just pulled from under us without ever been given the opportunity to have a discussion much less a debate about it – what disrespect to us the people. you all need to understand that now that the judiciary is being streamlined politically the interference with the decision of the judge is easy – which could not be done with 9 to 12 jurors. People open uno eyes!

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