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BTL Corporate headquarters

BTL Corporate headquarters

BTL Corporate headquarters

Wednesday, July 23, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has granted special leave for the final hearing of the nationalizations of Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) and Belize Electricity Limited (BEL).

Citing precedence for direct application to the court for special leave, the CCJ struck down the sole objection of the Government, represented by Acting Solicitor General Nigel Hawke, and proceeded to set a schedule leading up to the full trial of the claim.

One of the parties represented in the appeal is former BTL chairman Dean Boyce, who also leads the BTL Employees’ Trust.

Their attorney, Senior Counsel Godfrey Smith, says they maintain that their property was unlawfully taken by Government and hope the CCJ see the case their way.

Smith is joined by Magali Marin-Young, while also appearing on behalf of British Caribbean Bank Limited and Fortis Energy International, former owners of BEL, is Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay and Pricilla Banner.

The official notices of appeal, formal submissions and replies to submissions will be in by October, at which time the Court will host a case management conference.

The actual trial date is tentatively set for no later than the second week of December.

In related news from the CCJ, a case management conference has been set for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, in the original jurisdiction case of Maurice Tomlinson versus the States of Belize and Trinidad and Tobago in relation to alleged discrimination in the immigration law.

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