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Case of the Customs Controllers Against GOB Resumed

Supreme Court Justice Westim James has reserved his decision in the matter of Ian Haylock versus the Prime Minister of Belize. Haylock is challenging the appointment of Estelle Leslie as Comptroller of Customs and Excise. Haylock’s attorney, former Prime Minister Dean Barrow and former Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley argued that Prime Minister John Briceno moved the office of the Comptroller of Customs and Excise to section 107, stripping the Public Service Commission of the authority to appoint the Comptroller of Customs and Excise. The attorneys also argued that the Prime Minister failed to properly consult with the Public Services Commission. Barrow and Bradley argued that there was a violation of Haylock’s right to due process, equal treatment and procedural justice. Representing Briceno was Senior Counsel Godfrey Smith and attorney Hector Guerra along with Assistant Solicitor General Samantha Matute and Crown Counsel Jorge Matus. The team of attorneys argued that consultations were had with the Public Service Commission. Justice James will hand down a ruling on Aril 16.