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Jun 19, 2012

Attorney becomes his own client in unpaid GST case

Arthur Saldivar

Well-known Attorney Arthur Saldivar was before the court today, but this time he was defending himself. In the courtroom of Magistrate Hurl Hamilton, Saldivar was charged with twelve counts of Failure to File General Sales Tax for the entire year of 2011. Before the charges could be properly read to him, Saldivar rose to offer a clarification, but was told to allow the magistrate to finish.  When he was allowed to speak, Saldivar told the court that he had received a notification on the matter two weeks ago and asked when the charges were lodged. He was told that they were filed on Monday and then attempted to argue that several of the charges were null and void because they fell beyond the six month period that the court allows. But Magistrate Hamilton noted that today’s hearing is simply to read the charges and take a plea. So Saldivar pleaded not guilty on all counts and the matter was adjourned for August third.

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12 Responses for “Attorney becomes his own client in unpaid GST case”

  1. Louisville,Ky says:

    Arthur, ” He who hires himself as an Attorney, has a fool as a client.”

  2. Al says:

    Is he the brother of John? another one trying to get over on the country by using the law for their own benefit. When will these people begin to understand that the law applies to them also and that they are not above it. Belize is run and owned by a chosen few, while the rest of the people can go to hell in a handbasket. I pray for a new crop of hones people who are interested in making this country what it could be, a jewel in central america.

  3. Belizean says:

    Serves him right. Sticking up for criminals, then, being one himself

  4. blackberry says:

    Here is a man who once aspires to be our leader robbing Belize of its taxes. Had he or his party won the election he would have gotten away with it. However because of his knowledge in law he still may. Where are our true leaders of Belize? Have we not produced any since George Price?

  5. Buju says:

    From we small Arthur da wa fool – i see nothing has changed since then!

    He di try his hardest fi be sophistiated and smart…

    and that is the biggest JOKE!!!

  6. Chechon says:

    He should have been put in jail immediately along with the sodomists since he also raping our economy! That’s outright stealing. Collecting Sales tax from us the consumers and failing to pay it into the GST Dept! Damn! And to thinh that I supported his bid to be our prime minister. Lawdamaci. How comes the GST Dept did not issue an immediate arrest warrant and lock him up? Freeze his bank account and hold his properties

  7. Eye in the Sky says:


    I rather steal or break the law than work hard and be constantly punished by the GST (gestapo). They treat everyone like a thief and only the chinee man gets rich from GST.
    The GST is too stupid to figure out how to make GST work properly and most Belizeans are too stupid to understand how GST is collected and that helps the immigrants from asia get rich and richer.

  8. BMNJ says:

    Eye in the Sky, you sound racist. For one, Arthur Saldivar surely is not a Chinee man. And Arthur Saldivar is just the tip of the iceburg in this GST issue. I could imagine how many more lawyers and other professionals who are not paying the GST that are supposed to be paid. And surely those professionals are not Chinee man either. Moreover, how comes I don’t hear you mention anything about the Hindus and the Turks but only attack the Chinee man. Be fair.

  9. lino says:

    Another bad debt? remember he had bank problems with his pickup? don’t let this lawyer hold any of your money or you will never get it -isnt he even embarrassed? still arrogant on the radio this morning.

  10. Seletar says:

    Eye in the Sky, are you saying natural born Belizeans are fundamentally stupid compared to Asians?

    About Saldivar — it’s a slimy, slimy thing for an officer of the court and lawyer to hide behind the statute of limitations. “Sure, I’m a thief, but you didn’t catch me in time!” How dishonourable!

    I hope there is discipline by the Bar Association or Supreme Court against him. Lawyers need to be above suspicion — he infects the entire profession. A Disgrace.

  11. 2cents says:

    This story is ridiculous and smells stink like fish. Arthur will overcome even this and the people barking up the wrong tree need to remember other people are watching…

  12. Marie says:

    Slimy indeed-”I will get off on technicality because of a date”-but we will always remember your reputation, aspirations to be a PUP leader of our great party and ended up losing precisely because of crap like this even though there was a blue tidal wave.

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