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#424628 - 12/08/11 08:05 AM Attorney Elson Kaseke Dead  
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Well-known attorney Dr. Elson Kaseke died this morning in a Merida Hospital. Kaseke had been ailing for some time - so much so that two months ago, it was wrongly reported that he had passed away.

Well, this time it's true: we have confirmed with his close legal Associate Godfrey Smith that Dr. Kaseke is dead.

There is no specific word on what illness claimed his life, but he was known to have multiple, very serious medical issues.

He was in his early 40's - we could not reach a family member as Kaseke comes originally from Zimbabwe - and he was pre-deceased by his wife and sister-in-law, both of whom were his only adult relatives in Belize.

Kaseke had also suffered the loss of a young son - who had a neurological disorder. As we understand it, he leaves behind a daughter who is 12.

And while his personal life was beset with tragedy, in his professional life, Kaseke was a highly-regarded attorney, known for his tenacity, tirelessness and research. One colleague called him "a force of nature."

But more than just a formidable barrister, Kaseke was also a competent legal draftsman.

That is how he first came to Belize - in the early 90's when he worked in the Attorney General's Ministry.

Then in 2001, he was promoted to Solicitor General and served three successive Attorneys General in that post.

In 2006, after a rocky departure from the Attorney General's ministry, he blazed out into private practice where he enjoyed a meteoric ascent in the private bar.

And while professionally respected, Kaseke had an abrasive personal style and excessive habits that earned him more enemies than friends.

Still, his work lives on; he's responsible for the online version of the Laws of Belize as well as the Supreme court rules of 2005 among copious contributions to the body of Belizean laws.

Funeral arrangements have not been settled as his body is being returned from Merida.

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#424656 - 12/08/11 10:00 AM Re: Attorney Elson Kaseke Dead [Re: Marty]  
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OH MY - his poor daughter. I can't even imagine what she is experiencing. Any information on her situation would be welcome - she needs love and hugs immediately if not sooner.

#424724 - 12/09/11 09:12 AM Re: Attorney Elson Kaseke Dead [Re: Marty]  
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The Bar Assocation extends condolences to the family of Dr. Elston Kaseke

The Bar Association of Belize has issued a release expressing condolences to the family and friends of their colleague Dr. Elson Kaseke. Kaseke died on December 6th 2011. Dr. Kaseke served Belize in several capacities including Crown Counsel, Chief Parliamentary Counsel, Legal Draftsman, Solicitor General and as a private practitioner. He was originally from Zimbabwe and was pre deceased by his wife and son. He leaves a twelve year old daughter behind. Due to his death and scheduled funeral for Friday, Preliminary hearing on UNIBAMís case against the Attorney General to challenge the constitutionality of section 53 of the laws of Belize has been adjourned. It was scheduled for tomorrow but the new date set for the preliminary Inquiry is January 30th 2012.


#424813 - 12/10/11 07:55 AM Re: Attorney Elson Kaseke Dead [Re: Marty]  
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Funeral For A Legal Lion

This afternoon, on Pineapple Street in Belmopan, a funeral was held for Dr. Elson Kaseke, the former Solicitor General Of Belize. Kaseke died at the age of 46 on Wednesday in Merida - suffering from an unspecified but long and debilitating illness.

Today's funeral though was worthy of the great respect Kaseke had earned in the legal profession - where leading legal luminaries were in attendance as well as officials including Justice Minnett Hafiz, Attorney General BQ Pitts and the President of The Bar, Jackie Marshalleck.

A prayer was given at the opening by Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay, Andrea McSweeney sang and the eulogy was delivered by Senior Counsel Godfrey Smith.

Kaseke was pre-deceased by his wife and son, - and today, his only surviving child, his daughter Jane was accompanied by her classmates.

The pall-bearers included Ashton Longworth and Godfrey Smith. He was interred in a family plot along with his wife, son and sister - in law.

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