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Sep 12, 2012

Who helped Hezbollah terrorist get Belizean passport and IDs?

The case of the US national who has been deemed part of a Hezbollah terrorist cell operating in the Yucatan area and Central America, has sparked a criminal investigation in Belize because he had Belizean documents. Rafik Mohammed Labboun Allaboun was caught during a raid in Merida, Mexico over the weekend and authorities found he had been using the identity of Wilhelm Dyck, a Belizean infant who died two months after his birth in 1976. It is now confirmed that the man linked to the terrorist organization was in Belize in late August when he obtained Belizean documents including a passport in the infant’s name. Because it was a new passport to be issued, Allaboun did not possess a social security card or a voter’s Identification. That is why the officer at the Immigration Office in Belize City requested a supervisor to handle the situation. News Five has confirmed that it is the supervisor, Gilroy Guzman who approved the passport to be issued to the man who was posing as Wilhelm Dyck.  Sources say that since the police want to question Guzman, he is seeking advice from an attorney. Earlier today, News Five spoke to the Public Relations Officer for the Ministry of National Security, Delroy Cutkelvin who says that the situation has morphed to a criminal investigation.

 

Delroy Cuthkelvin, Public Relations Officer, Ministry of National Security

Rafik Mohammed Labboun Allaboun

“Rafik Mohammad Labboun Allaboun. What we have been trying to establish is, you know he was carrying a passport that was referred to as a fake passport, a fake Belizean passport. What we have been trying to establish is, first of all, whether the document and other documents he was carrying were officially issued by Belizean authorities. He was carrying a fake passport in the name of Wilhelm Dyck. We have been able to established since then that in fact, when teams went out to Shipyard in Orange Walk which was listed as the place of birth of the person by the name of Wilhelm Dyck; that there was in fact a Wilhelm Dyck was born in Shipyard, Orange Walk, on the eighth of February, 1976. And that person was registered a month later and that that person was born to parents who are David and Judith Dyck—as indeed listed on the birth certificate—because this individual was also carrying a birth certificate under the same name of Wilhelm Dyck. He was as well carrying a driver’s license also in the name of Wilhelm Dyck and that driver’s license had an address that is a Belmopan address; Number 20 Halfmoon Street. Indeed an application was made at the Vital Statistics Office in Belize City for a copy of a Birth certificate for Wilhelm Dyck. In fact we were able to establish that that birth certificate was indeed issued on the twenty-ninth of August 2012. We have been able to establish that that very same day, a person posing to be Wilhelm Dyck made an application for a Belizean passport at the Passport Office in Belize City; that’s on the twenty-ninth of August, 2012 and that he paid a hundred dollars to expedite the process for the express issuance of the passport. And we’ve also been able to establish that the following day, a passport was indeed issued; that is the thirtieth of August, 2012, in the name of Wilhelm Dyck. The police authorities; this investigation has now been turned over to the Criminal Investigation Branch, C.I.B. and they have demanded and requested all the physical files from the Passport Office and from the Vital Statistics Office.”

Jose Sanchez

“Belize is a very multicultural society. You know, I can look at someone and identify them as an Arab. He carried the name Wilhelm Dyck. Was there any alarm bells called off? What about the J.P. or the Immigration Department? Was there anything of concern when they see this face with that name?”

Delroy Cuthkelvin

Delroy Cuthkelvin

“The information in the computer also had a photograph of the person purporting to e Wilhelm Dyck. And immediately upon pulling up the photograph, the senior immigration officer without any prompting from the police authorities said that that person looks like a Lebanese national. Which raised the question; which has to be asked to the relevant persons who accepted the application and processed the application: if there weren’t some alarms that went off in their head when they saw a person looking like he did appearing before them claiming to be Wilhelm Dyck. As you know, when you now apply for a passport, you have to physically go to the office and have your photo be taken. In the past, there was system where you would bring a photograph already taken, the J.P. would just sign the photograph and the birth certificate and would certify you as being the person who appears on the photograph and someone who they have known for a period of time. This instance, there is a Justice of the Peace that has now been detained and is being interviewed by police authorities. That person incidentally was the same person who had their home burnt down over the holidays and so she could not be immediately found yesterday. She has since been found and is now being interviewed.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“This story broke on Saturday. What day of the weekend was this fire that burned down this J.P.’s home?”

 

Delroy Cuthkelvin

“To be honest, I don’t recall; they are two separate stories and I am not entirely sure of that right now. I would have to do a check on that.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“Regarding the immigration officer who may have processed the information for Labboun Allaboun, is his name being crossed-referenced with maybe other investigations regarding similar incidents that may have been exposed?”

 

Delroy Cuthkelvin

“This investigation is a thorough investigation. Every aspect of whatever process took place to have this person be in possession of the documents in question, those entire processes are being investigated and anyone who might have been involved in that process. So the Criminal Investigation Branch has requested that all the files be turned over to them and any person who had anything to do with the process will eventually be interviewed and all the pertinent questions will be asked of them in terms of the whole process.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“Regarding Rafik Mohammad Labboun Allaboun’s entrance into Belize, are you looking or talking to the Mexican counterparts? I know at Subtiniente Lopez, they have cameras that record everything. So are you going to ask them to see those videos and when he arrived in Belize? Are you also looking at who may have been accompanying him between this one or two day journey in receiving all of these documents?”

 

Delroy Cuthkelvin

“All of that will be investigated. I can assure you that our personnel at the Criminal Investigation Branch will do a thorough investigation. Every aspect of when and whether this person came to Belize—as all indications now seem to be that he did come to Belize and made an application for a passport—all aspects of that will be investigated. What name perhaps he came in—whether he came in that same name or his real name or the name that it now seems he was purporting to be. All that will be investigated thoroughly.”


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39 Responses for “Who helped Hezbollah terrorist get Belizean passport and IDs?”

  1. Eye in the Sky says:

    Another black eye for Belize . . one of the most corrupt nations on earth.

    Too much ting de happen ! ! !

  2. Storm says:

    Here’s some homework for some honest detective: examine ALL of the passports signed by Gilroy Guzman, and see if he has a history of handing them out to people using phony names. And check his bank accounts, finances, email, etc. Let’s see who he runs with, and what his price is to sell out the nation.

    Belize’s immigration department has a long and proud history of being corrupt and disgraceful. I’m embarrassed by it, and I’m sure I’m not alone.

    We need to cooperate fully with the relevant intelligence series, and have a broom sweep our own government clean of the crooks and cockroaches that live within it.

  3. marsebo says:

    UDP, led by the Grand Beggar Dean Barrow, made poor Belizean people to believe that Belize is the only country where passport and citizenship can be gained through connection or through economic citizenship; here are the list of countries which offer passport:
    1: Canada (through investment)
    2: panama (through investment)
    3: Dominica (through investment)
    4: Greece (through investment)
    5: Ireland (through investment)
    To all Barrow thugs, shut up, Belize is not the only country.

  4. Truthbetold says:

    Enough is enough.
    The Immigration officer and the JP need to get lengthy terms. It is not news that most of our officials will sell their souls to the devil. These are the folks that give Belize a bad name.
    We are all getting tired of the police/DPP’s inability to get convictions, I will bet 100:1 that these low life’s get off due to our incompetent authorities and some smart @$$ lawyer representing them coupled with some chicken $%!# people that form the jury.
    As for the Lebanese/Arab terrorist let Mexico teach him a lesson.
    Maybe we should send all our criminals to Mexico to be tried, at least them we would some form of justice.
    Belize has become a terminally ill society.

  5. verymad says:

    Everyone is just playing the fool. Nothing will come out of this investigation. The americans should come and do the investigation because we have a lot more cases like this with terrorist and $$$$.
    I feel sorry for the person that will take the blame (because the big fish will wash their hands).
    Sorry for the menonite parents. Why a menonite name? Did this happen in one of the many trips that the prime minister whent to Miami?.

  6. Rod says:

    This is what happens when you have a totally corrupt pm and gov. The incompetence is so bad that we now have a terrorist state I hope the us embassador is investigating the udp gov. For being complesit to these actions going on in Belize look who is in charge of national security a drug king pin wow wow wow the total corruption and incompetence of this pm and gov. Is stunning rise up belizeans already. Half of all belizeans can’t even feed their children and themselves now we will be dubbed a terrorist state by the us because of total lack of leadership and cruffy still aw go waste money the march of stupidness march fu unu children people march pan this corrupt gov.

  7. cayobway says:

    There is a whole lot more to this story, that is not being revealed. what happen to the minister of immigrations, why is he not held responsible? yesterday i read the comments of the udp mouthpiece (be real) who was trying to put the blame on the pup govt, well the shoe is on the other foot .I wonder what the comments will be today?

  8. Joel says:

    Wow! All this time I was doing things the hard way. I follow the rules, gather numerous documents and pay the required amount for work permits and other visa’s and I get treated like a criminal at every turn.
    I play by the rules, help others and when they find out I’m an American and a missionary, I get set down and questioned by Immigration like I am in court.
    Maybe I should start going in and waving money around to get things done? That would set a fine example for my kids. “don’t work hard and get an education, just bribe people and you will get far in life!”

  9. Initiate! says:

    Hey Rod, Rod.. Rod, wake up, you should be waking up early to comment on this. Come on, you’re late on this one!! WAKE UP!!!!

  10. Elgin Martinez says:

    This scheme is bigger than Gilroy Guzman and the only reason thy’re doing an investigation is as a result of pressure coming from the US.There is no leadership in the Jewel our national security is at risk.

  11. Elgin Martinez says:

    Belizeans in the US wait months for their passports to be renewed while terrorist obtain Belizean passport in a day shame,shame,shame on the GOB.

  12. jungle says:

    Mr Barrow, why don’t you send one of your minister to jail along with all who are involve in the issueing of this passport to these criminals, when infact, if any Belizean born, trying to apply for a passport always turned around by your corrupted people working at the Immigration, that is where we as belizean watching you and your corrupted Security Minister, you are all no good, send them to jail

  13. O.W says:

    Same simple Belizeans d cause all a dis. All a dem corrupt, dat done become a norm in Belize society. Dat da caz of all those crazy people dem d give citizenship to that are not even from here.

  14. belizean says:

    well as a Belizean living abroad it is fruitless for us to get a belize passport renewal done with ease. it takes months and lots of frustration until you give up, and if you want to return home to live the government has a requirement that you as a belizean must provide to the belize government 10 years tax returns from the USA, REALLY MR. BARROW!!!!!!!!!! YOU CAN KISS OUR @$$

  15. rick says:

    I am saddened by the immature response displayed by you people who are too ready to judge and condemn. What moral authority do any of u have? Lest any of you forget we are all sinners and come short of the Glory of God? why do you notice the little piece of dust that is in your brother’s eye, but you don’t notice the big piece of wood that is in your own eye? Hypocrite!

  16. JahKid says:

    Any government who takes the control on the nation should keep their eyes wide open on these corrupt immigration thugs. This is not a pup or udp initiative, it is the people already in there that are so corrupt that they make any government look really bad. I went to renew my passport the other day Belmopan. They have a number system in order to get your turn to go in for them to deal with you. My number flashed and I entered the office, inside I met a Chiney man looking nervous, suddenly a chiney woman came in, no number and no questions asked. I was asked by the immigration officer to please step out for a moment. They had business to discuss with the Asians. ABout 4 minutes later the Asians came out happy with a brown envelop and talking loud. The only thing that came to my mind was, “Dem Chiney just pay off dem officers for their documents to be processed faster.” Why did they had to ask me out of the office? Something I do not need to know, according to dem. A freckkle face officer (clear skin) and 2 dark skin young officers were the ones. Just last week I saw the same officer asking for the owner of the Chen’s Grocery Mall, but when told he was out, he borded the Gov vehicle and departed. Almost all the imigration officers drive pweety ride. Same goes to other departments.

  17. Storm says:

    HON. PM BARROW: FOR ONCE, HOLD SOMEONE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THIS CORRUPTION. FIRE HIM, TO START, AND PROSECUTE IF THE LAW SUPPORTS IT.

  18. AGAIN! says:

    This di happen long time da this office…As a matter of fact i know people who pay $5k for passport per person weekly…its like human trafficking you have to watch how rich them officers are getting….they making salaries that seems to afford them a rich life style…Same like the Customs man in San Pedro you can pass whatever you want with $50.00 a day…so who CAREs nothing a get done!

  19. you can't handle the truth says:

    UDP mouthpiece promises a thorough investigation. OH I guess thorough like the two carried out at KHMH, and nobody is responsible, like the one involving the plane load of Chinese landing in the night at the airport, noboby found responsible. like the plane load of cocaine found on the Southern Highway, again nobody ever convicted. Belize is like Somalia, Haiti and Niger on the coruption index.

  20. Joel says:

    I’m not ready to blame the UDP as a whole, but it is a problem they should look into. My experience with Immigration is that the power they have has gone to their head and it goes from the top person to the lowest worker. If the UDP wants to save face on this they should investigate and make sure they are prosecuted to the fullest degree possible, regardless of who’s head rolls.
    The PM should set up a phone and email address for people to file legitimate complaints with Immigration, Customs, law enforcement, etc….
    What a shame that Belize, with so much potential, is quickly being compared to other 3rd world corrupt countries.

  21. Monica says:

    When Belizeans go to apply for a passport they are given the roundaround. As soon as they see a foreign national they are taken behind the counter 1 on 1 to get their bribes, how comes Barrow isn’t commenting on this. He is always blaming the other side for HIS FAILURES. THIS HAPPENED ON YOUR WATCH BARROW. INVESTIGATE THE UDP OFFICIALS.

  22. belizean, says:

    Jungle,
    the problem is if Mr Barrow will start to send to jail,
    he will be the one go first..
    the are all in to this $#@!%..

  23. Jose says:

    At the end of the day, all law – abiding Belize citizens entering the U.S, with Belize Passports, should now expect a long look at your passport and at yourself…All because of a few crooks.

  24. Hatari says:

    When will this ever stop? Year after year the same old %#@! with the Immigration Dept. They just keep on embarrassing Belize with their corruption. It took me 6 six weeks and having to endure the arrogance and ineptitude of immigration clerks just to renew my valid passport . . . and a criminal can get one in a day or two with a little $$$$. And who is ultimately responsible for this injustice? Our corrupt unqualified ministers.

  25. BMNJ says:

    I think if we have the FBI involved in this investigation, a lot will be revealed.

  26. Bear says:

    @Rick, the corruption is open and obvious. Do you like it that way? I can’t think of any other reason for you attacking everyone else who dreams of an honest government that does not sell official government identification to international terrorists.

    @Joel, I really like your idea for a hotline — and why limit it to customs and immigration problems? I’d like to see a hotline for ANY AND ALL corruption and incompetence.

    I know, in theory we already have that — you can file a report with the police [laugh out loud!] or send a letter to our forgotten and sadly impotent ombudsman.

    HERE’S A FREE TIP TO ANY CRUSADING MEDIA HOUSE: SET UP A NATIONAL EMAIL AND TELEPHONE HOTLINE, AND LET US ALL SEE HOW BROAD AND DEEP THE PROBLEMS ARE IN THE JEWEL.

  27. voo doo says:

    They all know who are involved in this and in all other immigration scams

  28. dunfedup says:

    sounds like our MENNONITE minister has some less than law abiding employees. Maybe he will be first minister to go. He wouldn’t be minister at all if he hadn’t bought his votes and promised the people of his constituency HE would be Minister of Ag! How laughable. Man do his some of the people that voted for him want him gone now.

  29. tashybze says:

    they are all money hungry and don’t care about who gets hurt or what happen to belize. the people need to get togther and change belize. start by giving names every last one of them to the USA. belizean people too soft you all just sit back a let $#!% happen over and over. its time to get up, an stand up for the only home you have and know and love. get up people.

  30. PG bwai says:

    Belize immigration and customs depts. are a bunch of dirty little crooks. thats why they can afford to drive nice cars and rent big cribs when they get transferred. Ever wonder how they can afford it all????????????????????????????????????????? We are sick and tired of this $#!%. People in this country need to stand up for whats right. Look at how many Chinese(Asians) have infested our country. The gov. said they would bring innovation and industry. all the …….. brought was fried chicken. they come here with only the clothes on their backs and for a few hundred $$$ they get freedom and access to things not even us Bzeans can get. YESSSS i said it!!!! Banks love chinese. “as chiney step into bank, the bank teller batty quint”!! NOW we are selling out to terrorists. LOOK AT THIS SHIZZLE!!!!!

  31. Jason Neal says:

    these guys must be corrupt chu John? driving facny vehicles and all…

  32. Liberty and Freedom says:

    So what is so surprising about the illegal issuance of a passport? All you need is money. Terrorists have lots of money. Belize has a lot of corrupt public servants (elected officials and their appointees). It will all come home to roost when the terrorists kill some government official or a bunch of Belizean citizens at a public event. By the way, how are the police sopposed to protect themselves and the public from terrorists if they can only use a 9mm. The terrorists have some heavy combat weapons. It is like using a slingshot against a cannon. The police need a tactical unit in every major town in Belize with some heavy ordinance.

  33. Ted Steinway says:

    Time for a TV sitcom on Belize Customs and Immigration. Laugh so hard your face will hurt.

  34. belizean says:

    So much for comming home to live and open a business!! I am heart broken with all the crime and corruption. Belize is way too small a country for this type of exposure. wow very sad

  35. Boomadaa says:

    This is so embarrassing and shameful. I feel betrayed by a close family member. I look forward to having the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) pursues these matters vigorously. Just keeping it one hundred!

  36. Ignorance is Bliss says:

    Nothing shocks me anymore…..[Now that is the sad part caus I have started to see this as normal.]

  37. Born Belizean says:

    These customs here in Belize are all thieves. WHenever you send things in your barrel from ur hard earnings they open the barrel to thief not to check for illegal goods.They make me wonder if they cannot afford to buy 2 pants,a bag of rice and a tennis for themselves.hmmmm

  38. The world is watching says:

    FBI is not authorized or allowed to investigate outside of the US unless requested by a host country in this case (Belize) and then only in an advisory capacity. Its time the Belizean people cleaned up their own house. You have been told The “World is Watching” in the past. Perhaps all Belizeans should take heed. The “Jewel” in being tarnished, trashed, and now classified as a place for terrorists. You wanted attention from the US? Well this will get that attention but you will “NOT” like the results or the process. It’s time the “honest Belizeans” if there are any left in the country get there heads out of the sand or wherever they have hidden it and step up to the plate. Belize can not continue to wait for you any longer.

    Remember:

    The World is Watching..

  39. iceesurfer says:

    “”marsebo says:

    September 13, 2012 at 12:54 am

    UDP, led by the Grand Beggar Dean Barrow, made poor Belizean people to believe that Belize is the only country where passport and citizenship can be gained through connection or through economic citizenship; here are the list of countries which offer passport:
    1: Canada (through investment)
    2: panama (through investment)
    3: Dominica (through investment)
    4: Greece (through investment)
    5: Ireland (through investment)
    To all Barrow thugs, shut up, Belize is not the only country.”"

    YES, Marcebo, but we are talking about SELLING A NEW IDENTITY, not just a Passport. There is a major difference between the two.

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