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Jul 12, 2017

Requests for Immigration Assistance ‘Limited’

But what exactly was the Minister asking for, and did it have an impact in the elections? According to Montero, he felt the call from Immigration was genuine and concerned residents in his constituency, but he denied knowing or doing business with any member of the Harmouch family, as opposed to a later request which he denies making although he was familiar with the applicant.

 

Michel Chebat, P.U.P. Senator

“Minister, what exactly were asking to be facilitated; can you specify for us?”

 

Rene Montero

Rene Montero, Minister of Works

“I was asking for assistance, because what happened is I have an office in Santa Elena, Cayo Central, and my officers had told me that they had called Immigration office requesting the status of certain nationality documents.”

 

Michel Chebat

“And in this particular letter that the Auditor General refers to, there is a request for seven different individuals, is that correct?”

 

Rene Montero

“Yes.”

 

Michel Chebat

Michel Chebat

“It is seven?”

 

Rene Montero

“Yes.”

 

Michel Chebat

“And who are those persons, minister?”

 

Rene Montero

“At the time, that list – as I mentioned before, Immigration had called my office and stated to my secretary that these BNA numbers were ready?”

 

Michel Chebat

“So this letter was precipitated by a call from Immigration Department?”

 

Rene Montero

“By a call from Immigration Department.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Do you recall who from Immigration Department called you?”

 

Rene Montero

“No.”

 

Michel Chebat

“And these were for people in your constituency?”

 

Rene Montero

“Since it came from Immigration, I felt it was genuine, and that these BNA numbers pertained to people in my constituency.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Was Wael Harmouch one of your constituents, Minister?”

 

Mark Lizarraga

Rene Montero

“I don’t know him.”

 

Michel Chebat

“You don’t know him?”

 

Rene Montero

“I don’t know him.”

 

Michel Chebat

“Why would the Auditor General then include him as one of the individuals whom you had requested facilitation for?”

 

Rene Montero

“I think you have to refer that question to her. I maintain that I don’t know Harmouch; I have never met him, I have never dealt with them, I have never done any dealings with them, either directly or indirectly; I have never received any consideration from them. I don’t know them, period. And perhaps… (Interruption) Mirta Veronica Sam is familiar to me; I know her. She lives in Central Fram; she is married to one of the persons who used to work for me; I knew her for probably fifteen to twenty years. She is quite happily married; she has Belizean children that attend high school and the University of Belize.”

 

Mark Lizarraga, Senator, Business Community

“The point I’m trying to make, minister – and sorry if I wasn’t there – was that you claimed that the only request you made was on the ninth of January, 2012; when you made that whole list, when you requested her facilitation for that list. But this one was on the eighteenth of June, so this is another occasion. Do you recall that?”

 

Rene Montero

“As far as I know, I only made that request. I maintain that I made only that request on page 212; no other request.”

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1 Response for “Requests for Immigration Assistance ‘Limited’”

  1. Marie says:

    People have been doing so many illegalities that it doesn’t matter what evidence you present. Memory loss, alzeihmer, drink Ginko Biloba before hearings to improve MEMORY.

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