The squatters of Maya Mopan have taken their case to court. A couple weeks ago, PlusTv reported on a squatting issue that was developing in the Maya Mopan area of Belmopan. Some of the squatter’s houses were destroyed by the Belmopan City Council since the squatters refused to move even after they were given notification. The squatters made an uproar about it and City Council held a meeting with those affected after the initial breaking down of the homes. Even though City council agreed at that meeting not to destroy any more houses until an agreement was reached with the squatters, those squatters got together and hired an attorney to help them with their squatting issues. Attorney at Law Michel Chebat, told us about the case.
Michel Chebat: We filed an application with the Supreme Court to get an injunction to prevent the Belmopan City Council and Recondev from the continued destruction of the homes in the Maya Mopan Area. That application was heard by the Supreme Court yesterday, and the injunction was granted. The injunction will last until the 5th of October when it is expected that the Recondev and the Belmopan City Council will appear to make representations in relation to the junction. Yesterday it was obtained on a ex party basis.
Chebat says that the people who resided at the houses that were broken down had lived there for more than 12 years. He is now representing 31 squatters in the case.
Michel Chebat: We are very disturbed that the Belmopan City Council and the Recondev would have taken these actions without any prior notice to these individuals and without even obtaining an order for eviction from the Supreme Court. Might is not always right, and in this case there are greave injustices’ that have been committed against these Belizeans who live on that property.
Chebat says that he believes the residents have rights to live in the area since they had been residing there for more than 12 years.