Brother of Belize PM sues St Lucia government

BELMOPAN, Belize, Wednesday January 26, 2011 – A former Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of Appeal judge, who’s also the brother of Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow, is suing the St Lucia government for not paying pension benefits due to him after his retirement from the court two years ago. 

Justice Denys Barrow made the announcement yesterday as he also revealed that he was resigning from his current job as a Court of Appeal judge in Belize. He blamed the failure of the St Lucia government to pay his pension for that decision.

Justice Barrow explained in a statement issued to the media yesterday, that he had filed a claim on January 14 against the St Lucia government but the Stephenson King administration “has been simply ignoring the claim, latterly refusing to even acknowledge receipt of letters of inquiry”.

He said that with no response about when he would see his money, he had no choice but to return to private practice and, therefore, to tender his resignation as a judge in the Belize Court of Appeal.

“Having returned at the end of 2008 to Belize and to private practice, I later decided I could afford to leave private practice and become a judge in Belize because I treated the expected pension benefits as part of my financial resources. That expectation having been removed, I must now adjust,” Justice Barrow said.

A statement from the government said that his resignation takes effect on February 28.

Justice Barrow expressed his gratitude to the government for appointing him to sit on the Court of Appeal and to the public, on both sides of the political divide, who supported him.

He also made special mention of his brother.

“It took courage for the Prime Minister Dean Barrow to appoint his brother to the judiciary and no less courage for the Leader of the Opposition John Briceño, to support that appointment. I salute them,” he said.

He further expressed confidence that the remaining judges would continue to deliver justice for the people of Belize.

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