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Oct 1, 2013

Arthur Saldivar says conflict of interest in passport investigation

On Monday, Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse commented on the ongoing investigation into the recent passport scandal involving junior minister Elvin Penner who has since been dismissed from cabinet.  While a internal inquiry has is taking place, there are controversies surrounding the investigation since it is being spearheaded by the substantive minister.  Today, outspoken legal mind Arthur Saldivar told News Five that not only is there a conflict of interest but there is also the public perception that the findings of the probe can be partial.

 

Arthur Saldivar, Attorney

Arthur Saldivar

“There has come about a very disturbing trend in our governance where we find that those who are being accused of wrongdoing are given the purview to investigate themselves.  The law comes clear on this, it contravenes natural justice.  A man cannot be a judge in his own cause, so you will never be able to find a person being objective and providing a full detailed analysis when it is their own wrongdoing that they are seeking to bring out to the public.  So, in that regard, Godwin Hulse, who is the substantive Minister of Immigration cannot, cannot conduct and independent investigation.  Anything that he does is going to be towards covering up what has actually occurred and that has been exposed in his latest utterances in the media, in fact, as recently as yesterday when he basically went and stated that he knew, and I am paraphrasing him, that he knew that Mr. Penner has been aggressively dealing with nationality files and that he takes them through the process and that type of thing.  Well, this Mr. Penner is the same fellow who was connected with a Hezbollah operative receiving a Belizean passport, utilizing the name and birth certificate of a dead Mennonite child.  This is the same Penner who was implicated during the election period for paying for the naturalization of persons whose tenure in Belize were dubious at best.  And this is the same Penner now who has publicly admitted to doing something that is illegal, criminal even in the falsification of official documents and more specifically the falsification of documents pertaining to Belizean nationality which contravenes directly Section Twenty-Two of the Belizean Nationality Act Cap one-sixty-one of the Laws of Belize.”

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4 Responses for “Arthur Saldivar says conflict of interest in passport investigation”

  1. we Luv Criminals says:

    “natural justice” means what???

    cut to the chase: investigation of criminal UDP activities by criminal UPD officials means investigation is done.

    Here it is: no problem, mistakes made, problem fixed, story over.

    stay tuned, a bigger scandal in the next episode of UPD Criminals

  2. m.price says:

    I think this guy Saldivar is also dishonest in his own right (I guess it’s part of being a lawyer in Belize) but I must say that this is the most straight-forward, concise and unbiased statement I have ever heard him utter.

    UDP has let the country down. They seem to have forgotten what platform was used to get them into office. Sad, very sad

  3. Al says:

    I don’t often agree with Mr Saldivar, but he is right on with his statement. How can you put the rat to watch the cheese. No agency should investigate itself. Then again you have to ask the question, can you truly find honest and impartial persons to perform a just and truthful fact finding process and report the true facts?

    It is sad when it seems that an entire government of a country is corrupted. The poor citizens are the one who loose the most. This country need a total change, I am looking for one honest man that I can support in the leading of this country in the right direction of prosperity and growth. One man who is not for the enrichment of himself. We need a man like Mr George Price to lead this country again.

  4. MACAL RIVERA says:

    YOU PUT SALDIVER AND PENNER ON A SCALE AND IT WILL BALANCE GOOD, HEHEHHE
    THE ONLY DIFFRENCE IS ONE IS AN UNEDUCATED THIEF AND THE OTHER IS AN EDUCATED ONE,
    POOR BELIZEANS WE ALWAYS GET THE BUCCUT RAM INA WE ASS!!!!!
    PENNER LOVE TERRORIST
    SALDIVER LOVE DRUG DEALERS.

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