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BREAKING: CCJ rules against Government in registries case; Supreme court to determine damages

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Posted: Tuesday, June 30, 2020. 2:02 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), as anticipated by Prime Minister Dean Barrow,  ruled against Government in the breach of contract against Belize International  Services Limited (BISL).

The Court led by Justice Jacob Wit overturned the rulings of the Supreme Court of Belize and Court of Appeal and ruled BISL was entitled to damages, the nature of which will be determined by the Supreme Court.

But as the Prime Minister has already said, “cant pay, wont pay,” BISL attorney Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay will apply on Thursday for what are termed “consequential orders,” citing both the Prime Minister’s pronouncement and previous failures to pay judgments in the cases of Cruise Solutions Limited and Belize Bank Limited concerning the Universal Health Services debt.

He will ask that the assessment be done on the basis of the CCJs record, which includes cross-examination by both sides of experts in this field.

Second, he wants the Government prohibited from entering new evidence and trying to relitigate the case.

And third, he asks that the hearing be expedited on behalf of his clients, who lost their property seven years ago.

The Government, represented today by Crown Counsel Samantha Matute, got until July 13 to reply.

We will have a fuller comprehensive review in a later story.

 

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