Court of Appeal frees Dunkeld for arbitration on BTL

BTLOn Friday in the Court of Appeal, Dunkeld International Investments Limited, one of the beneficiaries of the Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL) shares that were acquired by the Government in 2009, and which is claiming compensation for those shares, was released from an injunction granted by the Supreme Court to stop the company from taking the matter to arbitration. Then-Acting Chief Justice Samuel Awich, now a Justice of the Court of Appeal, had ruled Dunkeld in contempt of the injunction ruling for attempting to start another arbitration proceeding and further held that the Court had jurisdiction over the company despite it not being Belizean. Justice Morrison and the Court of Appeal reversed the ruling, holding that there was no contempt of the original order, no local legal jurisdiction over Dunkeld and that the matter should immediately proceed to arbitration.

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