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UDP calls for the immediate removal of Senator Courtenay


Posted: Thursday, February 9, 2017. 9:04 am CST.

By BBN Staff:  The United Democratic Party (UDP) issued a press release yesterday afternoon condemning the recent action taken by PUP Senator Eamon Courtenay.

The release states, “We believe that his action is an outright betrayal of Belize’s national interests and comes in extreme conflict with the Senatorial seat he holds. We therefore call for his immediate removal from the Senate.”

The party says that on February 3, 2017, PUP Senator Eamon Courtenay filed a constitutional challenge on behalf of the Aschcroft group asking the Court to strike down the two emergency national interest legislation that he had just convincingly supported in the Senate four days prior.

The Central Bank of Belize (International Immunities) Act and the Crown Proceedings (Amendment) Act were introduced for passage in the House of Representative to safeguard the assets of the Central Bank from international predators.

If the Ashcroft group were to succeed in getting a US Court order against the country’s reserves, all the assets of the Central Bank would be frozen until the matter is finalized and the amount quantified. During that period, the Central Bank and the country would not be able to pay for supplies or conduct foreign transactions.

Thus, it would cripple trade and business and bring the country’s economy to a standstill.

The UDP says that they believe that Courtenay knows well how his challenge, if successful, would tremendously hurt Belize’s economy with immediate effect.

The UDP also said that Senator Courtenay should not be allowed to enjoy the privileges of being a senator because of this latest “venomous” act.

The UDP press release ends by saying, “In the interest of our country, the UDP calls on the Leader of the Opposition to act swiftly to remove Senator Courtenay as a Senator”.



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  1. What are the general exceptions to the jurisdictional immunity of a foreign state?
    A. Since the enactment of the FSIA in 1976, the general exceptions to the jurisdictional immunity of a foreign state have expanded, moving beyond the realm of “commercial activity.” Specifically, 28 U.S.C. 1605 now provides that a foreign state shall not be immune from the jurisdiction of courts of the United States or of the states in any case in which:

    1605(a) (1) – explicit or implicit waiver of immunity by the foreign state;

    1605(a)(2) – commercial activity carried on in the United States or an act performed in the United States in connection with a commercial activity elsewhere, or an act in connection with a commercial activity of a foreign state elsewhere that causes a direct effect in the United States;

    1605(a)(3) – property taken in violation of international law is at issue;

    1605(a)(4) – rights in property in the United States acquired by succession or gift or rights in immovable property situated in the United States are at issue;

    1605(a)(5) – money damages are sought against a foreign state for personal injury or death, or damage to or loss of property, occurring in the United States and caused by the tortious act or omission of that foreign state;

    1605(a)(6) – action brought to enforce an agreement made by the foreign state with or for the benefit of a private party to submit to arbitration;

    1605(A)(a)(1) – money damages are sought against a foreign state for personal injury or death that was caused by an act of torture, extrajudicial killing, aircraft sabotage, hostage taking, or the provision of material support or resources for such an act, if the foreign state is designated as a state sponsor of terrorism under section 6(j) of the Export Administration Act of 1979 (50 U.S.C. App 2405(j) or Section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2371).

    1605(b) – a suit in admiralty is brought to enforce a maritime lien against a vessel or cargo of the foreign state which maritime lien is based upon a commercial activity of the foreign state.

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