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Jul 5, 2017

Boots Took Sponsor’s Word on Wen Zhan Yu Visa Application

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

Anthony “Boots” Martinez’s sole appearance in the Auditor General’s Report is in Appendix Four of the Visa section as a recommender for Wen Zhan Yu, which he says was done as a favour to Wen’s sponsor and his former constituent, one Zian Li. He states that he took the word of the sponsor that Wen was a fit and proper person to visit Belize and contends that he did not feel it necessary to conduct further background checks or meet the person in particular – nor that any thought of possible involvement in human trafficking or terrorism came to mind.

 

Michel Chebat, P.U.P. Senator

“At the time of making this recommendation, did you know this individual?”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez, Minister of Human Development

“No, sir.”

 

Michel Chebat

“You did not know the individual?”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“No, sir; I made the recommendation on behalf of the sponsor.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Just for the sake of the record, Minister, I am referring to Appendix Four; unfortunately it doesn’t have a page number. So you are saying that he recommendation that you made was not for Wen Zhan Yu?”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“It was for Wen Zhan Yu through the sponsor.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Through the sponsor?”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“Yes, sir.”

 

Michel Chebat

“So you recommended that Wen Zhan Yu receive a visa because Zian Li came to you?”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“Yes, sir.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Zian Li is your constituent?”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“Yes, sir.”

 

Michel Chebat

“He’s your constituent?”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“Yes, sir; used to live in my constituency. Yes, sir.”

 

Michel Chebat

“And so you knew him?”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“I knew him.”

 

Michel Chebat

“You knew him?”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“Yes, sir.”

 

Michel Chebat

“And this Wen Zhan Yu; is this a male, a female? Who is this?”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“Who’s that?”

 

Michel Chebat

“The person you recommended the visa for?”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“He’s a man as far as I know.”

 

Michel Chebat

“He’s a man as far as you know?”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“That was told to me.”

 

Michel Chebat

“It was told to you that he was a man?”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“Yes, sir.”

 

Michel Chebat

“And did you inquire anything of Wen Zhan Yu before recommending that person?”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“No, sir; the sponsor came to me and said that he wants his relative to visit him in Belize; I knew the sponsor and I made a recommendation for and on behalf of the sponsor, which the process for visa issuance make provisions for that.”

 

Michel Chebat

“The process for visa issuance makes provisions for a recommendation from a Minister?”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“Not for recommendation, make process for the sponsor.”

 

Michel Chebat

“But that is not my question. My question to you is did you make, because you were not recommending the sponsor, sir, you were recommending the applicant and as opposed to the passport forms that you referred to, in terms of visa, there is no requirement for a Minister to make recommendation for visa, is there?”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“How it go sir? There is no requirement? No, no requirement.”

 

Michel Chebat

“No legal requirement?”

 

Anthony “Boots” Martinez

“No legal requirement. But it is not illegal, neither.”

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2 Responses for “Boots Took Sponsor’s Word on Wen Zhan Yu Visa Application”

  1. Uncle Beji says:

    Bootsy, Bootsy. You have never been a bright one. Back in school, teachers would ask to define the word “DUNCE”. Instead of looking up the meaning of the word, all eyes would shoot over to Bootsy Martinez…. Dunce!

  2. asdfgh says:

    ” nor that any thought of possible involvement in human trafficking or terrorism came to mind.”
    HA! HA! America is watching , all those speedy nationalities to rig GEN ELEC is IS human traficking !!!
    Auditor, please uncover the mountains of worms at the transport dept. Much more money there than visas !!!

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