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Belize Enters A Chasm Of Uncertainty, ICJ Referendum Stayed By Chief Justice

Belize Enters A Chasm Of Uncertainty, ICJ Referendum Stayed By Chief Justice
April 03
17:08 2019


Wednesday, April, 3rd. 2019 –
At 2.15pm this afternoon in courtroom No. 1 the Chief Justice of Belize, Kenneth A. Benjamin entered the packed courtroom which was standing room only, with many members of the PUP, the media and other concerned Belizeans.

After a 40 minute explanation of his decision, the Chief Justice gave his decision about the claim brought before the court by several PUP claimants, which was represented by senior counsel Eamon Courtenay. The Chief Justice granted the claimants request for an injunction to the ICJ Referendum that is scheduled for April 10th.

In his decision presentation the Chief Justice referenced several other cases, including territorial disputes and judicial rulings, including rulings in the European Union, Slovenia and the Caribbean Court Of Justice.

The main argument made by the claimants was that the Government was not empowered to enter into a Special Agreement in December, 2008. Although, during the presentation of his decision the Chief Justice declares the power of the Executive (ie: the government) to enter into referendum agreements.

What is alarmingly uncertain is that no other date was declared for the referendum to be held, or to indicate a timeline for the challenge to the governments executive power to be heard at a later date.

In the Courtroom and on the street outside the court the PUP supporters and attorneys were jubilant and shouted in approval when the statement granting the injunction was announced by the Chief Justice.

The uncertainty of what happens next is a sea of unknown possibilities or a Chasm to nowhere, and the legal tug-a-war seems to have just began.

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Shortly after the news broke of the injunction, Prime Minister Dean Barrow said that the war is far from ended. While he was quite clear in stating that he is extremely disappointed with the decision of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin, Barrow also pointed out that they are in the process of taking three measured steps to ensure that there will be a Referendum on April 10th.

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Linked News Articles & Reference
Attorneys Seek Injunction To Stay the ICJ
Former Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay Says ICJ Declaration Is A Circus

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