Attorney Eamon Courtenay is among the number of PUP executives that Arthur Saldivar brought a law suit against earlier in June. Saldivar sued several Executive Members of the People’s United Party after his application to represent the party as a Standard Bearer in Belmopan was rejected. Saldivar took the party to court with claims that the PUP did not follow due process in accepting his application; and because Eamon Courtenay is the legal advisor for the Peoples United Party, he did not escape being sued by Saldivar. Today, Courtenay was asked to comment on the law suit being brought against him and his party. In response, Courtenay had some choice words for Saldivar. Courtenay indicated that if the People’s United Party accept Saldivar as a candidate, then he will take it upon himself to sue Saldivar.
Eamon Courtenay, Legal Advisor, PUP: I am not one of the attorneys involved, I am a victim of Saldivar’s misguided legal claim. I do not understand, and I speak for myself, I do not understand why it is that Mr. Saldivar believes that he has a right to represent a party where a party doesn’t want him to represent us. His coming to court to force a political party to make a legal decision in his favor, in my view, I hope will never prevail. He is not a fit and proper person to represent the People’s United Party and if the People’s United Party choose him as a candidate, then I will sue and challenge him to represent the party, since litigation is where this is all going to end up.”
Reporter: Are you then saying that his argument that his constitutional right under the party’s constitution was breach, that that holds no value?”
Eamon Courtenay: It is preposterous and it is ridiculous. What Mr. Saldivar does not want to accept is that we do not want him. That is what he should get in his head; that we do not want him as one of our candidates. He can come to court as many times as he wants. At the end of the day he will not represent the party even if I have to sue him.”
Reporter: What about the argument that it is the people that should decide?”
Eamon Courtenay: Well he can run as an independent.