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Sep 5, 2017

Is A.G. Too Intimidating for Amy Forte?

Amy Forte

The People’s United Party last Wednesday threw its unquestioned support behind Belmopan resident Amy Forte, who directly wrote Prime Minister Dean Barrow to clear her name concerning the allegation of a deed of conveyance transferred in her name for beachfront land on Caye Caulker to Andre Vega. Vega parlayed the Caye Caulker property into the exclusive and expensive Mosquito Caye north of San Pedro Town. So Opposition Leader John Briceño is skeptical of what was raised on Monday by Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte in News Five’s interview, where the legal officer said that so far he had not been able to get a statement from Forte concerning the alleged forgery, to counter a statement by Justice of the Peace Darlene Padron and her attorney Godwin Haylock that the signature was legitimate. Briceño told us he believes it is an attempt at Government intimidation.

 

John Briceño

John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

“What business does the Attorney General have in any investigation of fraud and criminal activity in the Ministry of Natural Resources, which includes the son of the former Deputy Prime Minister? He has no business, as far as I am concerned; as far as I know he is not an investigator. It is obvious that the Government is trying to spin and trying to confuse the real issue. But let me make two quick points on that matter. Where Miss Padron is saying that she has a copy of Miss Forte’s ID: Miss Padron is working in the Ministry of Natural Resources; everybody would tell you that when you go and you apply for a parcel of land you have to bring a valid photo ID, and then they take a photocopy and put it in your file. It would be easy for Miss Padron to go to that file, photocopy that and say here’s the ID. So that – hogwash! That goes nowhere. But just as important: if Miss Forte applied for this land because she wanted it for herself – a land that is worth anywhere between two hundred and three hundred thousand dollars, prime land in front of the sea in the northern part of Caye Caulker – why would she sell this prime property to the son of the former deputy prime minister Gaspar Vega, to Andre Vega, for thirty thousand dollars? He should have immediately suspended Miss Padron as a J.P., one, and then secondly, wait to see what the outcome of the investigation [is]; let the police go in there without any interference from anyone, including the Attorney General, allow them to go and let them do an in-depth investigation and based on that he knows what he needs to do. He has no need to try to investigate; but obviously he is trying to go after Miss Forte, he is trying to intimidate Miss Forte, he is trying to muddle up the whole thing, stir it up so that people can get confused about the whole issue.”

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