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Nov 11, 2015

Will Minister of Police Be Investigated for Role in Incident?

Howell Gillett

Discharging a firearm in public is a criminal offence. So is obstruction. And from the video, there it appears that there was obstruction by John Saldivar and by his supporters who actually pulled away the man detained by police, very aggressively. He wasn’t Minister of Police then, just an ordinary man. But he is Minister of Police now. So will he be investigated?


Supt. Howell Gillett, Officer Commanding, Belmopan

“I don’t know that he was any minister at that time and if the police followed what he said then the police officers faltered in that area because he was no minister and I don’t know that he had asked anybody to do anything to support this supporter in this specific incident that we are speaking about at this time. You see this thing to me is…yes an offense that has been committed at that time—it’s an offense then and it is an offense now—but as I said, you need to have proper evidence to go to court, which might be seen easy watching a video and say that’s sufficient. But I can tell you that it is not sufficient to go to any court. And to me it has a big political twist in the sense that it is somebody who was a minister and is now a minister so I could see where we are going in terms of that. But for our part, I can only speak for the Belmopan police, we are not covering anybody. And I could tell you pointedly; if there are sufficient evidence to lay a charge or charges against this individual, it will happen.”


According to Gillett, the weapon has been sent to the Forensics Unit to determine if it had recently been fired, since Police were unable to find a cartridge case in the area. He says that in the interim the Police have written the suspected shooter to inform him that his actions were out of line and a recommendation will be made to the Commissioner to revoke his gun license.

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2 Responses for “Will Minister of Police Be Investigated for Role in Incident?”

  1. youserious says:

    Oh so forensics were practiced….jajajaja BS, nothing will come out of it..Saldivar defended him as a normal citizen, what makes you believe he will not defend him being a Minister.

  2. bELIZE FIRST says:


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