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New date set for referendum case

Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019. 11:27 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin has set April 29th as the date to hear arguments in the Government of Belize’s (GOB’s) challenge to the injunction that stopped the April 10 referendum.

The Chief Justice allowed an adjournment request this morning because the People’s United Party’s lead attorney in the case, Eamon Courtenay, had to go to the Senate today.

Attorney for GOB, Lisa Shoman explained that the government is filing an application to discharge the injunction because it is no longer valid.

“What we’re saying to the court is this is not an open-ended injunction. It was made specifically to stop the April 10 referendum. That is not in question or an issue any longer and therefore we feel that the injunction should be discharged,” Shoman said.

Filling in for Courtenay was attorney Karim Musa, who said that the party was only informed of GOB’s intention this morning, so he could not proceed because he did not have any instructions on that particular issue.

The Chief Justice had granted the injunction on the basis that the writ which was being used for the April 10 referendum did not align with the provisions of the Referendum Act.

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