Speaker sues attorney general, auditor general

Monday, October 24, 2016

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BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) – The Speaker of the National Assembly Michael Peyrefitte has filed a lawsuit against the Belize Government and the auditor general.

The lawsuit names Attorney General Vanessa Retreage and Auditor General Dorothy Bradley following the publication of a special audit on immigration and passport.

In August, Peyrefitte wrote a letter to Bradley stating that his name was erroneously listed in the audit for recommending someone for a passport.

Peyrefitte argued that because he is a member of the House of Representatives, he is indeed authorised to recommend someone for a passport.

In the letter, Peyrefitte claimed that the auditor general has caused a huge stain on his character and requested an immediate written apology and an amendment of the report.

He ended the letter by warning the auditor general that if she doesn’t do so, he will exercise any legal means to clear his name.

In the lawsuit, Peyrefitte wants the court to quash the decision of the auditor general in publishing in the special audit that he was not authorised to sign as recommender on the passport issued to William Lindo.

The speaker is also seeking an injunction to block the auditor general and the attorney general and any person or agent on their behalf from acting in any way on the report.

Legal observers said the move is intended to block the special Senate investigation into the audit report until the Supreme Court ruling on the lawsuit.

The investigations are set to begin on November 9.

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