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May 20, 2015

OW Police Charge Two Men for Arson

Marcel Cardonna

Just after three this afternoon Orange Walk Police charged and formally arraigned Efrain Alpuche and Saul Vasquez on a single charge of arson. The men had been in custody since Monday when they were detained on suspicion of being involved in the burning of twenty acres of cane in San Lorenzo, the property of ASR/BSI. Since then authorities have been taking statements and conducting an investigation in preparation for laying the charge. The arraignment was done inside the Police Station because the Supreme court was in session, and we spoke to attorney for the accused men Marcel Cardona as he emerged.

 

Marcel Cardona, Attorney for Alpuche/Vasquez

“Magistrate Frazer read them a single charge of arson upon I believe its twenty point something acres of land belonging to Belize Sugar Industry with a value of about forty thousand Belize dollars. The magistrate requested the prosecution to say whether they were objecting to bail or not. The prosecution quite rightly indicated said that it was not a non-bail able offence so bail was available if they were Belizeans at they were not at flight risk, which is the case in this matter. So magistrate Frazier  then decided that she was going to grant them bail in the amount of forty thousand Belize dollars given the quantum of the alleged damage to the fields of Belize Sugar Industries Limited.”

 

Reporter

“Sir in this case there was an allegation that weapons were fired…is there an ammunition or weapons charge in the pipeline?”

 

Marcel Cardona

“Again I am not the investigator I am simply acting as defence council. I have absolutely no idea what information the police has or do not have. What I can tell you is that if only a single charge was read of arson and there is absolutely no mention f any firearm charge that means that all that was a total fabrication. That was handed down to the media, as for the reasons why it may have been made, my guess is as good as yours but although I understand that one of the individuals might be connected to one of the aspiring politician in the Orange Walk district.”

 

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