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The Courts Order PM Briceno and RSV Limited to Pay Karen Bevans Ninety Thousand Dollars in Compensatory and Aggravated Damages

Justice Westmin James handed down a ruling today in favour of Karen Bevans, the former BTB Director. The ruling ordered that Prime Minister John Briceno and RSV Limited pay Bevans a total of ninety thousand dollars in compensatory and aggravated damages. The amount is the largest defamation award that has been ordered in Belize. The lawsuit came about after Prime Minister Briceno spoke in an exclusive interview with Love FM regarding the 1.5 million-dollar contract that Karen Bevans was awarded prior to the last general elections. The Prime Minister spoke in the context of tackling bloated contracts in an effort to curb national expenditure. Defending Bevans in court was former Prime Minister Dean Barrow. The matter was heard before Justice James in early July.