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Jun 11, 2014

Barrow maintains there is factual guilty, but not legal guilt in respect of Elvin Penner

Dean Barrow

And that brings us to the man at the centre of the scandal, former Minister of State Elvin Penner. According to PM Barrow, any suggestion that there is a cover-up is simply not true. In fact, he says, the ball is in the D.P.P.’s court and any decision to prosecute or not lies with her. Still, he maintains that while there is no doubt that Penner is factually guilty, proving him legally guilty is another matter entirely.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“The Director of Public Prosecutions has been given the file by the police. My understanding is she has asked for further steps to be taken, further statements to be recorded; that I think may now has been done. It is for the Director of Public Prosecutions, who is constitutionally charged with that responsibility to determine whether there is enough evidence that will sustain a criminal prosecution. I got into trouble with the media right at the start when I tried to make the simply point that there is a difference between factual guilt and legal guilt. We all have no doubt in this case about the factual guilt, but what you need in accordance with the rules of evidence, to be in possession of, so that you can go to court and make a case is all together a different matter. But please, understand that if the Director of Public Prosecutions ever thinks that she has the kind of material that will allow her and therefore the state to charge Penner, let justice be done.”


Elvin Penner returns to court on June twenty-sixth, when it is expected that there will be a disclosure of the evidence against him. We’ll have more on the press conference later in the newscast.

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4 Responses for “Barrow maintains there is factual guilty, but not legal guilt in respect of Elvin Penner”

  1. Ricky Malthus says:

    What horse dung Barrow spews!!! The evidence is factual that Penner broke the law. The evidence must be admitted in a court . Penner is guilty if the evidence is demonstrated in court. Barrow speaks horse sh-t.

  2. Rod says:

    You big thief

  3. Ali BaBarrow protects his 40 says:

    Penner works for Barrow. There is no way Penner would have committed crimes unless authorized.
    Penner does not have the connections or the brains.

    You, Ali you son of a bitch, are the mastermind of the crimes.
    All conspiracies revolve around Ali.

  4. belizean@heart says:

    Like always dean barrow will defend the criminal,like the auditor general report says more are involved and yes more minister are hustling and tiefing millions of $$$$ while di poor Belizeans suffer…WAT A SHAME FOR THIS GOVERNMENT OF DEAN BARROW.da fool di talk but da no fool di listen” tired of hearing bullshit from dean barrow’s mouth,he is very gud in talking and diverting the reality,but Belizeans are tired of his LIESSSSSSSSS,and more deseption when he talks,out there people wan general elections di earlier di better,people are suffering mein.high cost of living is too high,penner is guilty and done,Belizeans knows it,and barrow controls DPP,Comissioner of Police,Courts,judges,police,no come with nonsence dean barrow u wa pay fi it one day,God is watching ur corruptionsssssssssss and ur arrogance,and for”God’s sake” STOP USE THE NAME OF GOD IN VAIN -mr,dean barrow.ur mouth dirty,and only dirty rass come out of it.ur days are counted and justice must prevail.

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