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CitCo and Miller’s case wrap-up

The case continues tomorrow before Justice Courtney Abel.  Miller is suing the Belize City Council for over five thousand dollars while the Council has filed a counter-lawsuit for over one million dollars.

The case between Candice Miller and the Belize City Council saw its third session today where closing arguments began.  The trial is before Justice Courtenay Abel.  Miller, the former City Administrator, is suing Mayor Bernard Wagner and the Belize City Council for wrongful dismissal. This morning Mayor Bernard Wagner took the stand once again and Attorney Magali Perdomo continued to cross-examine him. Under cross-examination, the Mayor said that Miller failure to duly inform him about the claim against the Council by the Belize Waste Control formed part of her actions for gross dereliction of duties. Furthermore, it led to Belize Waste Control obtaining a defacto judgment against the Council in May 2018. Perdomo argued that Miller was keen on executing her duties and in some instances she was prevented from doing them by the Mayor passing them to other employees. In the afternoon session, Justice Abel heard closing arguments from Attorney Anthony Sylvestre representing Mayor Wagner and the Belize City Council while Magali Perdomo represented Miller. Sylvestre told the court that Miller was in dereliction of her duties because she failed to file a defense for Waste Control Judgment, she did not follow-up to collect a loan for twenty thousand dollars from Carballo, the Secretary of the Mayor’s Association, and she paid Gilbert Franklin fifty-nine thousand dollars without vetting his work.  In response, Perdomo argued that the matters taken singularly or cumulatively would not amount to gross dereliction. Perdomo reiterated that the payment to Franklin was authorized and Miller attempted to collect the loan from Carballo. The case continues tomorrow before Justice Courtney Abel.  Miller is suing the Belize City Council for over five thousand dollars while the Council has filed a counter-lawsuit for over one million dollars.