Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2019. 1:43 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: Leader of the Opposition People’s United Party (PUP), John Briceño, continues his party’s attack on the controversial write-off of more than $40,000 in funds never repaid to former Government employee Joshua Perdomo.
Perdomo, son of the Cabinet Secretary Carlos Perdomo, went to study in 2011 and failed to return to Belize under his agreement with the Government.
Now the Opposition is threatening legal action if Prime Minister Dean Barrow does not set aside the write-off and try to recover the funds.
Writing to the Prime Minister, Briceño asserts by legal counsel Kareem Musa that the claim of statute bar – six years for a legal contract versus twelve years for a bond – was false and misleading and based on “bad legal advice from the Attorney General,” Michael Peyrefitte, who says there are differing interpretations of the issue.
Next, Briceño reveals that Perdomo is currently living and working in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex of North Texas, and that his guarantor, his aunt, Sylvia, still lives in Belize, putting the lie to assertions that Perdomo “could not be located” in the language of the write-off.
“Legally indefensible and morally bankrupt,” Briceño demands that the decision be reversed immediately and announced in public, otherwise the matter would be challenged in the courts.
Kareem Musa echoed the Leader’s comments in speaking to reporters yesterday, adding that it is a clear example of the Government protecting “one of its own.” He also endorsed the party’s Youth Movement’s call for all student-related loans to be written off.
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