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Jan 4, 2013

The twists and turns of Mexican national’s arms case

Zurisday Villasenor Mendez

The trial of Zurisday Villasenor Mendez was adjourned on Thursday evening in the Corozal Magistrate’s Court. He is the Mexican national who was charged after a bust of guns and ammunition at the Las Vegas Casino in Corozal. Two issues were submitted by attorneys Dickie Bradley and Arthur Saldivar. Firstly, they are seeking the recusal of Cayo Magistrate Nardia Morgan on grounds that there is an appearance of bias since she presented herself to the magistrate court where there is a sitting magistrate. Secondly, the attorneys argue that she is not properly appointed in accordance with section ninety-three of the Belize Constitution. After all the submissions,  the magistrate ruled that she would proceed to hear the case since she was assigned specifically to the Corozal case and that she was not biased since she did not know the accused person. In relation to her appointment she accepted that her contract did say that she was under the Attorney General’s Ministry, but she ruled that she did not draft the contract, she merely signed it. Attorneys, who have obtained a copy of the magistrate’s contract, point out that it expires in June 2013 and more fundamental, is the wording in the first section of the contract, which says she (quote) “will act in all respects according to the instructions or directions given to her by the government through its authorized officers.” (unquote) which can only be interpreted that the magistrate is responsible to the government and not to the independent judiciary. The attorneys for Zurisday are now consulting their client to see if they will take up the matter to the Supreme Court. In the meantime, the case was adjourned to January twenty-second.

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2 Responses for “The twists and turns of Mexican national’s arms case”

  1. it's just that simple says:

    Is not the Prime Minister a licensed attorney, chief diplomat, task master, head of government discipline?

    Throw her under the burning bus using legalize, while the country is rudderless.
    Set this guy free. His cartel masters are not happy with all this attention.

    Seems like the PM should be defending the government employees personally, including the justice.
    Either she knowingly committed a crime against the constitution of Belize, or these lawyers can krank it out.

  2. Bear says:

    I’m sick of the Zetas and their dirty lawyers. Bradley and Saldivar are acting like they own the courthouse and the judges in it, which is disgraceful. They’re terrified of a fair trial by this lady judge.

    When a foreigner enters our nation with an arsenal of deadly weapons, he should be treated like a terrorist — summary trial, immediate execution. That complies with international law, and it would suit most good Belizeans just fine.

    Zetas should learn that Belize will be their graveyard, so they stay at home in Mexico.

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