Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019. 8:26 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: Opposition Leader John Briceño says he plans to discuss “details of testimonies submitted in the US Courts on June 10th 2019 and other relevant information” in the Sanctuary Bay affair “at a press conference early next week.”
In a statement issued late yesterday evening, he dismisses the PM’s press conference as “damage control,” saying he has done nor said anything that refutes involvement by himself, his law firm and other senior ministers of Government and the past and present Governors of the Central Bank in involvement in Sanctuary Bay. All have been named in the filings of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission concerning the matter.
The P.U.P. charges that “Ministers and Officials of the Barrow Administration knew that [Sanctuary Bay] was a cover-up for money laundering and personal enrichment.” It adds that he “made no attempt to refute statements made in the US Court document which referred to Belize as a “major money laundering jurisdiction” and a “haven for illicit financial transactions.” This is a clear indictment of his Administration’s mismanagement of the financial affairs in Belize.”
It concludes that the Prime Minister’s jealously guarded name and reputation “has been irreparably damaged by what was revealed in the US Court Documents,” despite yesterday’s briefing.
The P.U.P. reminds Belizeans that it is still seeking answers as to the matter of an alleged $29 million-plus tax debt for Belize Telemedia Limited to the General Sales Tax Department.
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