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Mar 2, 2017

Printing of Passport Another Link in the Won Hong Kim Chain

Mark Tench also confirmed that he printed the passport for pickup to be delivered to Won Hong Kim in August of 2013 after being transferred from the Western Border office. Kim certainly did not meet the requirements and never set foot in Belize but was facilitated all the way. That illegal passport is now being held after return from Taiwan where it was not successfully delivered to Kim who was in a Taiwanese jail awaiting extradition to South Korea. Tench told the Senate Committee that he did not remember that particular passport and he was just one more link in the chain in the desperate gambit to make the accused embezzler a citizen of Belize.

 

Mark Tench

Mark Tench, Former Supervisor of Immigration, Western Border

“What happened is I worked at the passport section; I was the printer, the person who printed the passports, so basically I would print two hundred passports per day, something like that.”

 

Aldo Salazar, Chair, Senate Special Select Committee

“This was during what period?”

 

Mark Tench

“I went there in August of 2013; we transferred in August so I was there in August.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“You were the printer, and you say you printed two hundred passports per day and what else?”

 

Mark Tench

“I can’t remember that particular thing, but I know that I would help with giving out passports.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“He says you delivered the passport to him outside in a vehicle?”

 

Mark Tench

“I did not deliver anything to him outside in any vehicle; Mr. Cante came, if I can recall, to the office; Miss Neal asked me to assist Mr. Amaya with the issuing of passports because it was a busy day, it think it was around the ninth or the eighth – I can’t remember – but it was a lot of people in the office, and she asked me; they gave me like five passports to deliver and I delivered them.  When somebody comes and picks up the passport, to the back of it, you have a thing that you sign your name – and sign for the person who picks up the passport. So if you come to me, you come for a passport that is not yours, you come with an authority. He had an authority that was given to me.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“He had authority from the passport holder? It would have to be from the passport holder, right?”

 

Mark Tench

“Yes. He had an authority, a signed authority, and he was issued the passport.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“But we know that the passport holder was in jail, [Taiwan], now.”

 

Mark Tench

“Yes, now but I didn’t know that.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“So what would the authority have said? What is the form of the authority? What would that authority…?”

 

Mark Tench

“I can’t remember what the authority – that particular one said, but most authority would say the simple thing as I give, I authorize this person to pick up this passport on my behalf and sign.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“But it is witnessed by somebody?”

 

Mark Tench

“Most of the time it’s not. Sometimes it is witnessed by a J.P., but it’s an authority where people would send a copy of their ID along with them, things like that.”

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