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Nov 3, 2014

Penner Recall Petition Faces Further Delay

Michel Chebat

One year after it was revealed that he facilitated the issuance of an illegal Belizean passport to a jailed South Korean fugitive, disgraced Elvin Penner remains area representative of Cayo Northeast, but shunned in the halls of the House of Representatives and by the people. Save for an attempt at recall, he will remain as area rep until elections are called and some say he may offer himself as an independent. The People’s United Party launched an effort to remove him last October with a petition signed by over two thousand residents of the area. But it was rejected by the Elections and Boundaries Department for not having enough verified signatures of voters. The matter is in court and trial had been set for the end of this month. But at a pre-trial hearing, a further delay was announced, according to Senior Counsel Michel Chebat, holding brief for attorney Lisa Shoman.


Michel Chebat, Attorney for Orlando Habet

“Today was set for pretrial review unfortunately there is still some matters that need to be complied with to ready the matter for trial, so what happened additional directions were given, the original trial dates that were set for the twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth of November has been vacated. So that we can get the matter in order, we come for the twenty-fifth of November for further pretrial.”



“Are you satisfied with the timeline of events or the dates?”


Michel Chebat

“Well so far what we have is we will have the pretrial on November twenty-fifth and then after we are looking at setting a trial date based on the court’s calendar we are looking at sometime in April next year.”



“The pretrial can you break down the purpose of it?”


Michel Chebat

“What pretrial is its and opportunity for the parties to meet with the court and to have a review of where we are in terms of filing our disclosure, witness statements and so forth. So it is really just a pretrial meeting to make sure all parties are ready to go to trial.”



“If this goes into April of next year it will mark over one year. Is that justice for the voters of Cayo Northeast, those who signed the petition and so on?”


Michel Chebat

“Well unfortunately we would want to get it done earlier, obviously this matter needs to be resolved and people want to know that if they have been disenfranchised or not. So yes it is a critical matter but obviously for us to go to trial we need to make sure that all the proper evidence and all the witnesses are before the court.”

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4 Responses for “Penner Recall Petition Faces Further Delay”

  1. Mike G says:

    What a travesty of justice. These corrupt bastards are like warrie ticks. You can’t get rid of them.

  2. Ali BaBarrow sez says:

    Duh! Another dumb day in Belize!

    Start a new petition, get this protected criminal in prison financially broke.

    The only reason Ali is keeping Penner around is to keep the elected-traitor-to-his-country from talking about who gave him the orders. Like Penner somehow has an international marketing and distribution system to sell passports? The little fart is a cog in the wheel, and there are only two people above him: Ali Baba and The Unelected Hulse.

    Soon as Penner looses his immunity he starts talking or ends up dead.

  3. Ali BaBarrow sez says:

    The fact that PUP can’t make a recall election work, raises major doubt they can run a govt.

    90% of Belizeans are sick of this $h#%. If that ain’t a mandate, they should dissolve the party.

  4. Jose Guerra SR says:

    Pener is a disgrace have lways been look who he had working for his election as area rep the Mexican who wrote several checks from radio ritmo and was never charged. What a disgrace to the spanishlookout community. Send him to prison like any other else, after all he got there by useing the canoe race

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