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. According to 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.