Belize. Much attention was paid during the year to
Michael Ashcroft, a wealthy British businessman residing in
Belize and former Vice Chairman of the British Conservative
Party. In June, a court declared that the nationalization in
2009 of Ashcroft's Belize Telemedia Limited (BTL), which has
a near monopoly in Belize's telecom sector, was in breach of
the Constitution. Despite the court's statement, Prime
Minister Dean Barrow (United Democratic Party, UDP)
immediately claimed that the state retains control of BTL.
Countryaah official site, the deal had a political side as the government accused the
previous government, led by the People's United Party (PUP),
of giving Ashcroft an unfairly privileged position by
allowing him to take possession of BTL. Prime Minister
Barrow is also considered to want to change the constitution
so that public services.