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Mar 16, 2011

Mexican National remanded while appeal is being heard

Mexican National, Jose Luis Robles Beltran was busted at the Free Zone on February twenty-fourth with a loaded point twenty-five Beretta Pistol and over twenty-thousand US dollars, eighteen hundred of which were counterfeit. His case started a firestorm because the Mexican national was ordered to be released even when he had pleaded guilty to one charge and was given less than the mandatory sentence on another charge. Robles was convicted of Keeping Firearm and Ammunition without a Gun License and sentenced to a total of four years, but he appealed the decision the same day and was granted bail. While he pleaded guilty to a charge of Possession of Counterfeit Currency, Magistrate Clive Lino of the Corozal Court ordered his release. But today Robles is still on Belizean soil because the Director of Public Prosecutions appealed the firearm and ammo sentences on March second. The matter was dealt with in the Supreme Court by Justice Adolph Lucas, who handed down his decision today. DPP, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, argued that Magistrate Lino erred in law by imposing sentences, which were less than the minimum jail term of five years as stipulated in the amended Firearms Act. Judge Lucas ordered that Robles is to be remanded at the Belize Central Prison pending his appeal hearing, which will be held seven days after his documents are filed. He also quashed Magistrate Lino’s decision and ordered a retrial on the charge of Possession of Counterfeit Currency, which is to be heard by another magistrate in Corozal on April nineteenth.

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13 Responses for “Mexican National remanded while appeal is being heard”

  1. maggie says:

    A recurring theme is how cruel and mindless Mexican officials are with foreigners when these latter are caught transgresssing Mexican regulations. I won’t even say laws. They will hold foreigners for hours, days, weeks, sometimes years, and what is so amazing is that they are so comfortable doing so… like the detained don’t have a family… like they don’t have human meaning. These officials knock off at the end of the day, go home eat, drink, sleep and return to work the next day chatting and chuckling with their colleagues within earshot of the hungry detained. And government to government appeal routinely meets with cold intransigence. There are 1,000 Belizeans who can tell you this from first-hand experience. Officials here on the other hand give Mexican transgressors a pass every time.

  2. Joe says:

    It is time BELIZE starts getting some respect. I have travelled all over central america and believe me or not – they look at us as though we are children; that we know nothing!!!! I have heard comments like “small country you can do anthing and be home by the time the police gets the news”!!!

    Bravo for the stand!!!

  3. Carlos says:

    Its about time Belize steps up ……..If it would be a belizean at the mexico side they would be locked up long time no questions ask…so its good to c the mexican get a lil time here!!!

  4. CEO says:

    Mr Lucas; Your Honor; Sir! I did not spend a day in law school but your ruling is exactly what I was wondering why that did not happen from the start.

    Guys like Lino should be removed and schooled before / if they are allowed back on the bench! is it stupidity or lack of knowledge or bribe? It is hard for me to accept that someone can be placed in that spot and be that stupid this leaves only one logical conclusion! Like one comment said give back the Mexican his money!

    Oh oh oh I forgot one other option! Perhaps Ms Gabb-McKenzie dictated to him how he should rule on the matter! When a magistrate does not do as she say, she sends you to PG or some other part of the country that will create hardship for them.

    Poor decisions by those in leadership positions is the reason our little country is where it is today! Enough laws are on the books to convict!

  5. Nothing Personal says:

    Mr Lino. needed to be fired. For sure he need to give back the Mexican his money, and should be charge.

  6. Avid Reader says:

    Hope there’s no relation to the Beltran-Layva family.

  7. Sugar says:

    we are yet to hear what will happen to the inept magistrate who engineered all this mess from the start…….or maybe the media should circulate his photo so the mexican mafia can locate him when they come looking for their money…….we would not like a case of mistaken identity…..let them get the correct person.

  8. OW Resident says:

    There was obvious flaws in the sentence from Clive Lino.. he should be investigated and removed from the bench until the investigation is complete and a descion could be made of his post as magistrate. There are many other cases which he have also dealth in the same manner. He is either incompetent or currupt either one does not work for us.

  9. Sugar City says:

    MEXICAN ARE COOL BLOODED PEOPLE THAT COUNTRY IS SO CORRUPTED. THAT IS THE WORST COUNTRY IN CENTRAL AMERICAN . THEY ALL WANT TO COME TO UNITED STATES THEY THINK THIS COUNTRY BELONGS TO THEM SO THEY WANT TO BE THE ONLY ONES IN THE U.S.A OTHERS CENTRAL AMERICANS PASS THROW THERE TERRITORY THEY EITHER AS FOR A LOT OF MONEY IF YOU DONT HAVE IT THEY WOULD KILL YOU ,OR RAPE YOU . HUMAN RIGHT NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THESE SENSELESS KILLING GOING ON DAILY

  10. Elgin Martinez says:

    Sugar City:What you’re saying is irrelevant to the issue that is being addressed.Lets attack the issue and not the Mexican people.

  11. fromafar says:

    Sugar, u’re an idiot.

  12. chabelli says:

    Magistrates are too learned and aloof

  13. Avid Reader says:

    *fromafar – I second your comment.

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