Saturday, April 12, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: The Court of Appeal told attorneys fighting the second nationalization of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) that it would deliver judgment on Thursday, April 10, after hearing the case in October of 2012.
That’s over a year ago and after several postponements of the judgment, the most recent coming on Thursday, the BTL Employees Trust, the front for the former owners of BTL, is demanding answers.
In a press release the group says, quote, “It is almost five years since the nationalizations first began and no compensation has been paid [to] the Trust. In the meantime, massive interest is accruing on the compensation owed which Belizean taxpayers will also have to pay.”
The release points out that it has now been five years since the first nationalization in 2009, which has been ruled unconstitutional by Belizean courts and now sits before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), which is likewise awaiting this decision so that it can hear both cases and issue a definitive ruling.
One of the three judges who heard the case is now no longer with the court and another’s contract expires in a month’s time.
No date has been set for the judgment.
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