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GOB wants Legall’s Ruling clarified Print E-mail
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Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

Senior Counsel Denys BarrowOn June 20th, Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin will rule on a decision by Justice Oswall Legall,which gave Oceana an Injunction restraining the Minister of Natural Resources from executing production sharing agreements with Princess Petroleum Limited and Providence Energy Belize Limited.


At the conclusion of the arguments, Senior Counsel Denys Barrow, who is representing the Government of Belize, explained that it is absolutely necessary for the ruling to be made in favor of Government since it is “undesirable when the Government is in a position where persons looking on and perhaps not having a full keen appreciation of all the facts, they see the Government doing something and things that the government is doing is disrespecting a court order or violating some order made by the court or as has been said disregarding and violating the rule of law.”

According to Barrow, Legall’s ruling did not quash the contracts between the Government and the oil companies since Oceana’s claims against the Government came too late. Even so, the decision deemed the issuing of the PSA’s illegal; however, the companies continue to have reasonable expectations under their contracts since these were not quashed. Legall’s decision however, does limit Government’s regulatory powers over the contractors and as such it is necessary to have the injunction stayed.