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Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2022. 11:26 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Michael Peyrefitte contends that most of the Prime Minister’s response to him on the matter of legal work by Courtenay Coye LLP and Douglas Mendes was either intended to distract or simply wasn’t true.

He also pointed out that he officially got the response just ten minutes before the start of today’s briefing, the letter having apparently been leaked beforehand.

For instance, Peyrefitte said there is no record of Mendes being appointed to act for the Government during his tenure, having checked with those he worked with at the time as well as with former Prime Minister Dean Barrow.

Second, Barrow maintains his firm got no legal work from Government during his tenure, and Peyrefitte says he will issue “an appropriate response.”

Next, Peyrefitte says Senior Counsel Andrew Marshalleck should be questioned about the monies paid to that firm, given that Denys Barrow, the named partner, was mostly serving as a judge at that time.

But none of the above, Peyrefitte said, should distract from the fact that within days of being appointed, they moved to corner much of the Government’s legal work for their firm.

Moreover, said Peyrefitte, the work of these legal practitioners could have easily been done by the counsel in the Attorney General’s Ministry.

The monies paid – more than half a million dollars – covers two cases: the Microsoft 365 license case and lottery tax matters – and there may be more.

Peyrefitte noted that the documentation he asked for has not been provided, and there are rumblings of more exemptions and more payments for other members of the Briceño administration.

 

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