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Feb 5, 2014

Castro gives lengthy explanation on BAA cheques scandal

While the Prime Minister was short on details outside the House, Minister of State Edmond Castro was long on prose as he rose for the first time since the BAA check scandal broke to give a statement. Castro has come under persistent fire also because of the visa hustle. Today, he rambled for twenty minutes in defense of his indefensible actions…and that included an explanation of the B.A.A. fiasco, jabs at members of the Opposition, and even biblical parallels – all supporting his premise that nothing he did was corrupt. It’s one of the more incredible Castro moments in the House, and Mike Rudon has some of the highlights.

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Mike Rudon, Reporting

Minister of State Edmond Castro looked cool and unconcerned as he sauntered up Independence Hill, unfazed even as some spectators called him ‘Clear the Check’ Castro. Inside the House he stood to give account of his actions in the BAA scandal, stating that he had looked up the meaning of the word corruption in the dictionary, and what he did, wasn’t that.

 

Edmond Castro, Minister of State, Transportation

Edmond Castro

“The only thing that is being said is that the board of directors of BAA issued a number of cheques in my name or on my behalf or to persons associated to me. There is no suggestion that the board did not have the lawful authority to issue cheques nor is there any suggestion or evidence that I had influence over the board by any improper means to issue cheques. There is no suggestion that I had forced the board to issue cheques or that I had extorted the cheques from the BAA office or from the board.”

 

Castro spent some time explaining the cheques written in his name and to pay expenses he incurred both politically and personally. He maintained that it is not unusual for organizations to offer assistance out of what is called a humanitarian fund. In regards to cheques totally more than ten thousand dollars to assist in burial expenses, he claimed that because he is a popular politician, bus transportation for those wanting to attend was expensive. But he says that is not corruption.

 

Edmond Castro

“One of those cheques were issued to help defray expenses associated with the death of my dear mother, Mister Speaker. I am deeply saddened and disappointed that the word of the assistance had been made so public and that it has become so controversial. I readily accept and admit that BAA wrote a cheque to help me to defray some of the expenses associated with the death and burial of my mother. This is no corruption, Mr. Speaker.”

 

And then Castro went biblical in the House…

 

Edmond Castro

Edmond Castro

“The outcry over the cheques issued by BAA on the part of the opposition, the media and B.N.T.U. reminds me of the righteous indignation on the part of the Scribes and Pharisees, who recounted in the gospels of Saint John  chapter eight verses one to nine; took to Jesus a woman accused of committing adultery and said to Jesus, “This woman is taken in adultery in the very act. Now Moses in the very law commanded us that such should be stoned to death. But what suggests thou?” And Jesus said to them, “He that without sin among you, let him cast the first stone.”

 

Nobody got up to throw any stones at Castro, so he moved gamely on.

 

Edmond Castro

“I am not saying that I have not made errors as a minister of state. None of us is inflammable—infallible, hello—but I assure you, Mister Speaker that while I cannot be guilty for making errors, I am certainly not guilty of corruption, Mister Speaker.”

 

The Prime Minister, in response to a question about corruption by the Opposition, continued to defend Castro, agreeing that it was not corruption. Mike Rudon for News Five.

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9 Responses for “Castro gives lengthy explanation on BAA cheques scandal”

  1. double standard says:

    Damn UDP dictionary won’t incriminate any UDP minister. He needs to use Webster’s and he would be in jail.

  2. Joe Blank says:

    Lol! Lol! Anyone want to bet how many seats the UDP will be left with? Keep it up crooks!

  3. Ali BaBarrow, king of Belizean thieves says:

    “He that without sin among you, let him cast the first stone.”

    no problemo Edmond. Let’s make an appointment.

    I am thinking you are the thief next to Jesus. So all we need to do to make it biblical so you get to heaven with your sins cleared is to nail you to a cross and see you die. Literally, forget that pretty prose and hiding behind it. Ok, let’s be merciful here, Halifax gibbet for Edmond, first, then Penner.

    After all Penner is too stupid to do this on his own, someone told him how to cheat the system and when to cheat the system.

    This will get Elvin’s blood pressure up, watching you go swiftly to heaven to meet your maker. I just talked to Jesus, he approves, believe me, all true just like you.

    Now this is another ancient story about a Greek. It is about a guy named Icarus, you should have cashed your chips out when you could. Now try begging Ali for anmesty, either way you are going down, 6 ft.

  4. Rod says:

    You big thief you belong in jail taking the hard earned money away from the poor people of this country you are a corrupt a big thief and you are a traitor to this country people we the people of this country have the right to arrest Castro ourselves and lock his ass up in jail move belizeans move get your heads out of your ass and move to lock up this big thief,

  5. Ixchel Pop says:

    You can’t expect to get my sympathy when you have so much money, it only proves what has always been said: Even the devil knows how to use the bible.

    I hope that Castro remembers what M Ghandi said: The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.

    So you will not get my sympathy; time to think hard about the real reason you are in politics.

  6. Animal Farmer says:

    Did you see that dollar sign glimmer in his eyes as the Hog lifted his snout from the Trough of Corruption and tried to plea innocence in the House of Representatives? This Drowning Hog has no ethics, no morals, no shame and in clinging on to life has sunk the name of good people like Miss Miller and Mr. Garbutt.

  7. venus says:

    The echo of this speech sounds as if it was pen by the PM. The man could not even read his own speech.

  8. ceo says:

    Castro the scripture you quoted admits guilt and the wrong was covered by mercy. In your case you are saying you did nothing wrong; a complete different scenario.

    You should have pluged the hole in your face and not even stand! The scripture also states that God loveth a contrite heart.

    Because the board voted for wrong does not make what they did right and why would you in the first place approach the board and ask them to do something illegal or distasteful like the PM said? This just means that the circle of conspirators includes the board.

  9. moses x says:

    Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!”

    6 Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”

    Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him.”

    Castro continues to amaze me with his survival tactics. The bible stunt worked well for him. Those in the audience were trembling that he would start pointing fingers. Queen to rook1..checkmate. Ive said it before and I’ll say it again Castro survives because he kicks some of his hustling to the top and some to the bottom When Castro eats, everybody eat. When Ralphie and Musa mi di eat, only dem eat. Castro is a brilliant Belizean politician, he takes care of his constituents and they will vote him in again. Honorable Castro…you rock.

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