Guatemalan fugitive and his children caught in Mexico with Belizean passports
Tonight, there is absolutely no good news for Belize where immigration is concerned. In fact, there is much more to add to government’s woes. There are breaking reports that a suspected killer on the run in Mexico was found carrying Belizean passports that may not be legitimate. Guatemalan Roberto Barreda has been a fugitive since August 2011. He is believed to have killed his wife, Cristina Siekavizza, on July sixth, 2011 before running with their two children to parts unknown. Siekavizza has never been found, but blood found in the home and reports of an argument between the two on the night she disappeared, has led authorities to believe she is dead even though her body has never been found. Barreda was apprehended by Mexican authorities last Friday in Merida, Yucatan, where he had allegedly resided since entering Mexico in January 2012. And that’s where Belize enters the picture. According to today’s issue of Prensa Libre, Mexican authorities have confirmed that when they found Barreda, he was carrying Belizean documents, including a passport in a false name. The headline goes as far as to state that Barreda used his Belizean documents to enter Mexico. Barreda had changed his name to mask his identity, so the Belizean passport was issued to Carlos Roberto Barreira Villareal. Another leading Guatemalan newspaper, Siglo Veinti-uno, expands on the connection between Belize and Roberto Barreda. The headline’s for Tuesday’s edition reads that Barreda received money from his family and friends through Belize. That article states that, “The first findings in the investigation to determine how Roberto Barreda De Leon, managed to remain anonymous for over two years, along with his children, reveal that he received money from family and friends via Belize, a country to which he traveled frequently.” Barreda has been deported to Guatemala where he is being tried for the murder of his wife and obstruction of justice. Barreda’s mother, former President of the Guatemala Supreme Court Beatriz Ofelia de Leon, is also being charged for obstruction of justice. It is believed that she facilitated her son’s departure from Mexico. Barreda appeared in court earlier today, but the case was delayed because his attorney withdrew himself from the case. That, however, is believed to be a tactic to delay the proceedings. Today our attempts to verify the reports in the Prensa Libre were unsuccessful. We also tried to reach C.E.O. in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alexis Rosado, but he was in meetings all day.