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Apr 13, 2015

Marco Tulio Mendez Back in Court in Sugar City

Marco Tulio Mendez

People’s United Party Orange Walk East Area Representative Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez was back in court today after being arraigned on six charges stemming from allegations made by a pair of minors.  The beleaguered politician was arraigned in Orange Walk Town before magistrate Merlene Moody on February third where he was read a list of counts, including aggravated assault of an indecent nature and common assault.  Those offences, we were later made to understand, go as far back as 2005.  While the aftermath of his indictment over two months ago was chaotic, things were a lot smoother today following his exit from the courtroom.

 

Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez, Charged for Aggravated Assault of Indecent Nature

“Of course I had a medical problem and everybody knows about that. I took a medical leave over to Guatemala because I had delayed my treatment and this time that I was over there, I did all my physiotherapy and all the exams that I had had to do and I am feeling much better. But the entire situation has been uncomfortable and stressful, but I’ve been able to cope and I am doing okay.”

 

Reporter

“Now since the incident, I understand that you maintain that you are innocent; that you are not guilty of any of these accusations.”

 

Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez

“Well as the attorney says, definitely it is the court that will decide and there is where I will prove my innocence.”

 

Reporter

“You also have a political life…this is the reason why I guess so much attention has been given to this case. Now, what changes or what remains the same when it comes to your as an area representative of Orange Walk East and as a member of the P.U.P.?”

 

Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez

“Well, I will continue being the area representative; I don’t see no reason to resign because the case is in the courts and it is there that I will prove my innocence.”

 

Reporter

“So is there any possibility of you resigning as area rep? it has been rumored for the past months.”

 

Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez

“Well as I told you, I don’t see why. But of course I want to show that I am really grateful. I want to thank the people of the Orange Walk East constituency and all of those that have supported me. I know what all they have endured; it is a very sensitive matter and of course they know it is a necessity to reach to the final point.”

 

Reporter

“In the meantime, I know that prior to this; you announced in November that you are sort of taking a leave because of your medical problem. Now, your area still needs attention. Who is attending to this at the moment and where can residents go for any attention or any need they have for whatever in the area?”

 

Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez

“Well the standard bearer that has been elected, he is the one that is attending and of course I have been in contact with him. And I’ll be attending also, but during this time I was on medical leave, so the area has continued with somebody attending.”

 

Reporter

“There are some parties who have said that since you have a medical problem and because of the whole case that came up against you, maybe you should give way, resign and give way to somebody else who can really attend to Orange Walk East.”

 

Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez

“Well as I had told you, I took this medical leave because I didn’t feel good and I had delayed it. Now I went to Guatemala, I did all my therapy; I wasn’t doing the treatment the way it was supposed to be done and I am feeling much better. I, definitely, I am capable of continuing and representing the area.”

 

Reporter

“So you are going to get back to work in the area as you were doing before November?”

 

Dr. Marco Tulio Mendez

“Well I’m going to be working and doing my responsibilities for the area.”

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