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Jun 5, 2015

Marcel Cardona in Legal Pickle

Marcel Cardona

Former U.D.P. Minister and attorney Marcel Cardona is in big trouble with the General Legal Council of the Bar Association and allegedly faces the threat of a one year suspension from practicing law. The only thing is that Cardona only found out when he saw it on the news Thursday night.  There is a complaint that Cardona charged a Czechoslovakian client, Martin Muzikant, twenty-eight thousand dollars to secure bail for him, allegedly telling him that he needed the money to bribe a Magistrate. The client, according to Cardona, was jailed and that he got him out of prison. Cardona says that as far as he is aware, no client or representative of that client ever actually appeared before the General Legal Council, which would mean that the complaint was made long distance. The case goes all the way back to 2013, which is one reason why the news last night caught Cardona completely by surprise. But how could all this happen without Cardona’s knowledge? Well it gets worse than that.


Marcel Cardona, Attorney

“I didn’t know. I absolutely had no prior notification of the holding of such a hearing against me. That’s number one. Number two – I want to make it very clear that these allegations that have been made or are being made against me…I believe them to be false, I believe them to be baseless. I believe in fact that if I am given the opportunity of appearing before a tribunal or before the Supreme Court I will set the record straight and I will make it clear that those allegations are totally false. The allegations being made against me, I understand, are that I may have overcharged a client. A former client is claiming reimbursement or something to that effect. I’m not even sure; in fact, of what exactly the allegations are being I spent most of the day today in Belize trying to gather information and the specifics of what exactly took place. So far the information still has not been concretized. I am not aware of any…I have not been provided, for example, with any written copy of whatever decision may have been made by the so-called hearing of the disciplinary committee of the Bar Association.”

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