Another allegation coming out of today’s press conference has to do with the selection of judges. An article sent to our newsroom has indicated the possible indirect involvement of Lord Michael Ashcroft in the selection process. According to the article the former Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte is questioning the independence of Belize’s judiciary.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Opposition Leader: “I am not aware of that. What I saw was some kind of clip from a newspaper I’m not sure if it was a legitimate newspaper but Senator Peyrefitte —“
Senator Michael Peyrefitte: “Well I had made a call on Wave Radio. The government has decided to form a committee to select what they believe they need in terms of judges, Chief Justice, Court of Appeal president and the like and what we found interesting that one particular member of that committee has communicated to us is that there is one particular person on that committee who is an attorney at law, called to the bar in the country of Belize but mostly practices in England, that particular person since you’re afraid to mention the name I won’t mention the name does represent that investor in Belize Lord Ashcroft, she has come to Belize to represent him on cases and we just found it strange that this committee could not have been made up of local senior attorneys to pick our next Chief Justice. Why do you have to bring as part of that committee somebody who has represented Michael Ashcroft in the courts? We have to wonder why the input of that person is so important to this government and if it is not true then the government can deny it.”