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Jun 7, 2016

Is Foreign Minister Elrington Downplaying the Gravity of Plett Incident?

Wilfred Elrington

We note that in our last conversation with the Ministry of National Security C.E.O. George Lovell, he said that police investigations confirmed Plett’s story. Lovell explained that it was in the hands of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who would deal with it through the O.A.S. and their Guatemalan counterparts. We think it’s safe to say that’s not going to happen, since Elrington claims it’s really nothing at which to take offence.

 

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“I think we have to start to understand that we are our brother’s keeper in this kind of thing and we can’t get offended by every action that is taken.”

 

Reporter

“…Even if it’s acquisition of private property?”

 

Wilfred Elrington

“There’s a difference you know. When you take something with the intention permanently to deprive the person therefore, then that’s stealing, but if I just borrow it from you and give it back to prevent my house or my country to be burnt down, I don’t think people… I will tell you that recently there was a case you know, in Europe. This guy was caught stealing, stealing food in a big supermarket. And they charged him for theft, took him for court and the judge ruled that he wasn’t stealing because he was hungry; he took it by necessity. The law is changing, the law evolves. If he had gone to court here, he would have gone to jail probably for five years, trying to get some food. But in Europe, the law is evolving and they said no, this is a man who, had he not gotten food this food, he probably would have died from hunger so he’s not guilty of an offense.”

 

Mike Rudon

“Sir so if Belizeans were to do the same thing in similar circumstances to a bunch of Guatemalans; you know what, we need resources so let’s go across the border, grab some Guatemalans, bring them across, bring their equipment and then we send them back. you assume…”

Wilfred Elrington

“I won’t speculate because it is not helpful to speculate. I was just telling you what I was told in this particular incident. It is not helpful to speculate.”

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1 Response for “Is Foreign Minister Elrington Downplaying the Gravity of Plett Incident?”

  1. Belizean Pride says:

    what a waste of person we have to represent us as FM mein. I wonder what runs in his mind while being interviewed? Grow up and evolve Mr. Sedi and when you have maybe we might use you for FM.

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