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Lucky denies helping Archie

Thursday, January 11, 2018

High court judge Gillian Lucky is denying reports that Chief Justice Ivor Archie asked her to do any favours for a man identified as Kern Romero.

In a media release issued yesterday, Lucky stated that Romero was a client who sought and received legal advice when she was in private practice.

The Sunday Express had alleged that Lucky was asked by Archie to assist Romero when she held the post of Director of the Police Complaints Authority.

Lucky said her dealings with Romero "are protected by legal professional privilege," but clarified her interaction with Romero never occurred when she chaired the PCA or in her time as a high court judge.

She is also stating that "there was no prior conversation" between Archie and herself in which the CJ indicated he was assisting Romero following the death of his close relative and no meeting with her was set up by him.

A weekend report alleged that Lucky was asked to hire another close friend of Archie as a driver.

But Lucky said she was "never requested and never accommodated a request from any person, including the Chief Justice to hire any individual as a driver while she was Director of the Police Complaints Authority."

At no time, Lucky stated did she have any knowledge that Romero was a "convicted fraudster."

Romero was charged and appeared in court in 2015 on charges of fraud.

Archie is currently under investigation by a Committee of the Law Association on allegations of misconduct levelled against him relating to seeking assistance from the HDC for housing for unnamed persons and a discussion he allegedly had with someone who is not a judge on the issue of security for judges.

Two senior counsel have been retained to advise the committee on whether there are grounds to get the Prime Minister to invoke section 137 of the Constitution.

The two senior counsel retained are former AG of Belize Eamon Courtney and president of the Grenada bar association Francis Alexis.

An interim report submitted to the Council of the Law Association is yet to be sent to the two SCs pending a response from the CJ on allegations made against him.


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