BTL case against GOB and Intelco dismissed

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 12, No. 45            November 21, 2002

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A release issued by the Government of Belize (GOB) last week announced that Justice Christopher Blackman has dismissed a case brought by Belize Telecommunications Limited (BTL) against the GOB and International Telecommunications Limited (Intelco). In April, Justice Blackman granted BTL permission to seek judicial review of the telecommunications services contracts awarded to Intelco by the government. BTL was asking the court to declare the contracts null and void.

    In its application, BTL informed Justice Blackman that their first knowledge of the Intelco contracts was through "rumors" heard in January 2001. According to BTL, these rumors were not confirmed until months later in a letter from government.

    On the 2nd of September 2002, Intelco applied to the court to become a party to the action and to be a part of the case; this was granted. When the case was heard again, Intelco provided documents which revealed to the court that BTL, contrary to their statement, had in fact entered into negotiations to buy the contracts awarded to Intelco. As a matter of public record, Intelco also reminded the court that the Prime Minister had announced the issuance of these contracts in his 2001 Budget Speech.

    In light of these revelations Justice Blackman found that BTL was guilty of failing to make full disclosure to the court. Since the former telecommunication's monopoly was also declared guilty of "undue delay" in making its application, the case was subsequently dismissed.

    According to the Public Utilities Commission, Intelco recently applied for their license to be a telecommunications provider in Belize. If approved, they may commence operations in the country as soon as December 30, 2002.
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