Posted: Wednesday, December 6, 2017. 4:49 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: The Attorney General of Belize, Michael Peyrefitte, said he was disappointed that Franz Parke decided to resign from the Court of Appeal amid controversy over his appointment but said he respected his reasoning for doing so.
According to Peyrefitte, he felt that Parke had no legitimate reason to resign but said he understood why the legal challenge raised by the opposition regarding his appointment affected his decision. Peyrefitte called it an honorable thing to do.
“Clearly, with some of the accusations that were coming, he would have had to be present and he would have had to subject himself to some cross examinations and his position is that in cross examination he would have easily dismissed the wild allegations. However, he didn’t want to, like I said, make a spectacle of his appointment. He didn’t want to be a distraction. He didn’t want to give anybody any excuses for any judgments coming out of the court of appeal,” Peyrefitte said.
Parke’s appointment by Prime Minister Dean Barrow was met with immediate criticism from the oppositions and social partners who said Parke was not qualified for the post because he had not had sufficient experience in Caribbean law as he served his legal tenure in the US. There was also a report that Parke was the focus of a joint state and federal investigation, of which the Drug Enforcement Agency was aware of during his time as a prosecutor for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office.
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