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ICJ Referendum Injunction To Be Heard On Monday April 8th. By Court Of Appeal

ICJ Referendum Injunction To Be Heard On Monday April 8th. By Court Of Appeal
April 05
17:33 2019

Friday, April 5th. 2019
The Government of Belize has requested and won the request brought before the Court Of Appeal, which has agreed to hear the case from the attorneys for both sides on Monday April 8th. 2019.

The Court of Appeal has decided that on Monday it will hear Government’s application which seeks to reverse the Chief Justice’s ruling and lift the injunction so that the April 10th referendum can proceed as scheduled.

Attorneys from both the People’s United Party (PUP) and the Government met in a closed session on Friday for a case management conference which commenced around 3:00 p.m. and ended after 5:00 p.m.

Following the emergency meeting Attorney General Hon. Michael Peyrefitte spoke to the media outside the courtroom and explained that ”The Court of Appeal made it very clear to everybody that they are prepared and ready to hear the matter now if they had to. They were fully prepared to hear everybody on the matter. Naturally they asked us what was our position,. They even suggested to us that we could skip them and go to the CCJ but we said we wanted to hear the matter right here, right now and we were prepared for that and the Court of Appeal was prepared for that.”

Peyrefitte went on to accuse the PUP of refusing to give any indications that they were agreement to proceed with the matter on Friday and seemingly stalling. According to the Attorney General the Court even gave the PUP a recess to come to a conclusion but when the hearing resumed they were again hesitant to give an answer to have the matter heard.

”So the Court decided listen we will give the PUP until 6 o’clock tomorrow to file skeleton arguments with any objections that they might have and after that we proceed to a hearing on Monday, to hear both the notice of motion for expedited hearing and the notice of the appeal right away. So Monday everything is set for, a little bit of time will be given because there is another matter in the Supreme Court but the Court of Appeal has decided that they will hear the matter.”

The Attorney General ended off by noting that the Court of Appeal seems to appreciates the urgency of the matter and therefore he is confident that once all the arguments are heard on Monday a decision will be handed down one way or the other.

On Wednesday Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin ruled in favor of the PUP by grating an interim injunction to stall the April 10 referendum until the substantive case on the constitutionality of the Special Agreement is heard.

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