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Jan 27, 2016

Royal Caribbean Pulls Plug on Bradley Paumen’s Dark Night

Bradley Paumen

There is a major development today in respect of the allegation against investor Bradley Paumen, the owner of Dark Night, who is accused of ordering hits against four people. And even if it may seem coincidental, indications are that Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has pulled the plug on Dark Night Cave Tubing Tours. As we’ve reported, American tour operator Bradley Paumen is out on bail after being indicted on four counts stemming from an apparent plot to order the murder of four persons. Paumen was arraigned on January eighth for reportedly orchestrating a hit on Michael Modiri, his neighbor. One week later, two of his employees Ian Skeen and Linzburn Anderson, were also arraigned for their alleged involvement.  The alleged contract on Modiri’s life was the result of an ongoing land dispute involving access to the acreage occupied by Paumen’s tour company.  In the wake of his arraignment, the cruise line has suspended its agreement with Paumen’s company to bus cruise passengers to his Dark Night Caves.  This morning, during a press brief, representatives from the Belize Tourism Board spoke on the interruption of business and what it means for Dark Night.

 

Javier Paredes

Javier Paredes, Director of Business Development, B.T.B.

“One of the cruise lines, Royal Caribbean, did inform Mr. Paumen and he informed us, that is why we are able to comment, that they did suspend the agreement they had.  It wasn’t a cancellation, it was a suspension.  Last week, Mr. Paumen asked us to give him a letter, in other words, he had satisfied the licensing process and he wanted us to issue him a letter which we did that he had satisfied the licensing process and that letter he, I assume, forwarded it to the specific cruise line.  What will be the outcome of that, I’m not sure.  How will that affect in terms of jobs, employment, et cetera?  The cruise lines already have their number of passengers that have booked with them, all they will do is redistribute it amongst the other operators.”

 

Reporter

“Did they state a reason why they suspended it in the first place?”

 

Javier Paredes

“They just said they were suspending it in an abundance of caution.  That was all.”

 

Reporter

“[As a result of] the incident that occurred?”

 

Javier Paredes

“Well, they did not specifically mention the incident but it came on the heels of the incident so, without speculating, that’s all we can say.”

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