February 20, 2017. The ruling United Democratic Party, (UDP), is calling for the immediate removal of Senator Eamon Courtenay.
Courtenay is the Lead Opposition People’s United Party (PUP) representative in the upper house of parliament.
A press release from the UDP sent out on Wednesday said that Courtenay’s action in filing a constitutional challenge to to recent pieces of legislation which he himself supported in the senate, amounts to, “an outright betrayal of Belize’s national interests and comes in extreme conflict with the Senatorial seat he holds.”
According to the UDP, Senator Courtenay in his private capacity as an Attorney-at-Law filed a constitutional challenge to strike down the recently passed Central Bank of Belize (International Immunities) Act and the Crown Proceedings (Amendment) Act.
The UDP statement says, “if the Ashcroft group were to succeed in getting a US Court order against our reserves, all the assets of the Central Bank would be frozen until the matter is finalized and the amount quantified. During that period, the Central Bank and the country would not be able to pay for supplies or conduct foreign transactions.”
The statement further states that such a move “would cripple trade and business and bring us to a standstill” and therefore Courtenay’s immediate removal is warranted.