In an interview with the NTUCB President yesterday, the media also asked Luis Luke Martinez about the Commission of Inquiry. Former Prime Minister Dean Barrow and former Deputy Prime Minister Hugo Patt successfully sued the Commission and won major financial awards. Barrow and Patt sued the Commission and the Government for breaching their natural rights to justice after they were not given an opportunity to respond to contents contained in the Commission’s report. Critics do not see this as a loss for the Commission or the government, but a tremendous loss to the taxpayers who ultimately will foot the big bill. Martinez was part of the Commission representing the Public Service Union and when the media asked him about it, he refused to address the issue.
Luis Martinez, President, NTUCB: ” The last time we stood behind these mics I told you that I don’t want to talk about that situation and I mentioned that I don’t know if I’ll ever want to talk about it. Of course right now I don’t want to talk about it because we still have other people who are taking that process to court and so we’d want all of that to get out of the way. But I want to clear up something though. I’ve heard on certain media houses that the members of the commission including calling my name, that I’ve collected monies for that work you could go and check the system, do your research no payment for Brother Luke. Of course you can’t expect that I’ll travel from Belmopan to Belize City and my mileage isn’t covered. In fact I still have maybe one or two outstanding mileage so for people to be misleading the public in such a manner I want to strongly appeal to them to stop it. For God sake stop it. Trade Union work in Belize is pro bono. We work and labour hard for this country for free. So when people are out there saying those type of things I think anybody would have been upset about that. So I want to call out that particular media house to stop it.”