Hezbollah investigation continues; Belmopan City employee questioned
The police investigation into the Belizean passport, driver’s license and birth certificate, issued in late August to alleged Hezbollah associate Raffic Labboun continues. The Criminal Investigations Branch of the police has taken a statement from Kevin Jones, a supervisor at the Belmopan City Council, who issued the driver’s license to Labboun in the name of Wilhelm Dyck. The first inconsistent issue that is to be resolved is how the license was issued in a twelve thousand series while the department is still using the eleven thousand series on the documents. The investigators also noted that citizens can pick up their licenses no later than three-thirty, but Labboun got his Belizean driver’s license at four thirty, one hour after the cut-off time. Police are also questioning the younger brother of Wilhelm Dyck. It appears that he may have provided information of his deceased brother’s identity to others. So the police are trying to determine who knew details about Dyck’s short life and if that could be a possible trail that could lead to Labboun. The case file has been handed over to Marilyn Williams of the Financial Intelligence Unit, but efforts, including voice mails to reach her over the past few days have been futile.
There is also another case that is being investigated for a possible passport violation issued to one Fidel Garcia of Barrack Road. No one by that name lives at the address. It is a location frequented by naturalized Belizeans from the Middle East. News Five has continued its series on visas issued to people from West Africa, East Africa, South Asia, East Asia and Middle Eastern nations. The most recent case involved visas given to alleged businessmen from Nepal and India. The businessmen travel to Belize via Chile and El Salvador. They claim that their trips are sponsored by the owner of Bismillah Store in San Ignacio and they stay at Belmoral Hotel on Burns Avenue. The names, ages, passport numbers and Belize visa numbers have been handed over to the Minister of Immigration, Godwin Hulse who says that he will have the matter investigated. The question of how the owner of a small store can regularly finance the visit of these alleged businessmen to Belize should also be a matter for the Financial Intelligence Unit. Contacts in Nepal and India have been unable to determine if these alleged business persons have returned to their homeland. We’ll keep following the paper and money trails of this story.