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Supreme Court Frees Toledo Man Accused of Murder of Ex-Girlfriend

In late August 2015, Alberto Coleman—then fifty-five years old—was charged for the July third murder of his twenty-nine year old ex-girlfriend, Juana Cowo.  The decomposed body of the young woman [...]

Poor Investigation Cost Conviction

According to Bradley, the case fell apart because the murder was poorly investigated. And from evidence before the court, while he was smitten by Juana, there was no proof that [...]

Cops on Trial for Shooting Death of Runaway Prisoner

Also before Judge Denis Hanomansingh in the Punta Gorda Courts, two cops are on trial for the shooting death of eighteen year old inmate Rasheed Elijio. He along with Brian [...]

Convicted ATM Thieves Lose Proceeds to Belize Bank

A pair of Bulgarian nationals, twenty-eight year old Jeorji Petrov, and twenty-five year old Halid Yuksel Aptula, convicted of theft from a Belize Bank ATM, was back before the courts [...]

Orange Walk Cane Farmer Jailed for Theft in Belize City

A cane farmer from San Estevan Village up north, who moved to the City, is behind bars tonight for burglary. Thirty-six-year-old Rafael Yam claims he is suffering from stomach cancer. [...]

Byron James Convicted of Murder of Frank Vasquez

A murder conviction was secured today in the courts.  After languishing inside a prison cell at the remand section for more than one year after his trial concluded, Supreme Court [...]

Chronicling the Culture of Corruption at Immigration

The Immigration Department has an entrenched culture of corruption and hustling, from the top of the ladder to the bottom. That is what former administrative officer in the Department Teresita [...]

Immigration Officers Never Learned Their Lessons

Teresita Castellanos is a seasoned public officer. She provided scandalous details on Wednesday at the Senate hearings about the rot at the Immigration Department. She says she has been a [...]

George Reynolds Defends Action in Missing Visas Case

On Wednesday we told you of the run-in between then-port commander in charge of Immigration Services in Belmopan, George Reynolds, and Patrick Tillett, financial controller of the Belize City Council, [...]

Senior Officer Gives Tips to Fix Immigration

George Reynolds was less circumspect than his former colleague Teresita Castellanos on the issue of a culture of corruption in the Department. He said that as far as his work [...]

“Culture of Corruption and Hustling” Swamped Immigration, Senate Committee Hears

The public hearings of the Senate Special Select Committee on Immigration have moved into high gear and today under oath, a bombshell was dropped from an unexpected corner.  In the [...]

Finance Officer Teresita Castellanos Turns Fire on Former Co-Workers

Castellanos went on to accuse immigration officers of treating ‘civilian’ officers like herself as ‘intruders’ at the Department and even cannibalizing their own who were doing the right thing. She [...]

Justice Denied in Sprawling Cases of Corruption at Immigration

While the cases of Won Hong Kim and the eight visa foils are dominating recent headlines, there was no shortage of scandal at the Immigration Department that necessitated immigration officers [...]

George Reynolds Says He Was Asked to “Fix” Chinese Passports With Missing Visa Foils

The second witness to appear at the Senate Special Select Committee this afternoon was George Reynolds. He is entering his twenty-seventh year with the Immigration Department and in 2013 was [...]

Did Ministers’ Recommendations Really Matter?

As a senior man in the Immigration Department, George Reynolds saw his share of important people coming in and out – even a Minister or two. But he told the [...]

C.C.J. Has Recommendations for Government on Tenure of Judges

From the senate to the courts…Belize’s highest court, the Caribbean Court of Justice, has ordered changes to the appointment of judges to the Court of Appeal. Today, the CCJ dismissed [...]

Bar Association’s Attorney Says Ruling is a Victory for Belizean Justice

The Prime Minister currently has power to recommend the appointment of judges to the Court of Appeal, after consulting with the Leader of the Opposition, while the Judicial and Legal [...]

Eric Chang, Patrick Tillett No-Shows at Senate Inquiry

As we reported earlier, the Senate Special Select Committee has called multiple witnesses on several occasions for public hearings in the past few weeks.  While there have been rescheduling of [...]

Senate Committee Chair Says Don’t Complain If You Didn’t Testify

Is this the end of the line as far as the matter is concerned? Chairman Salazar said the Committee is considering its options and has not ruled out litigation, although [...]

Trio Accused of Shooting Policeman See Charges Dropped

The case against three men, who shot a police officer, fell apart today two weeks after it begun before Justice Adolph Lucas.  The shooting of Police Constable Nigel White occurred [...]

Missing Shooting Victim Leads to Freedom for Accused Shooters

Two others also walked free today of a charge of attempted murder when the office of the D.P.P. entered a case of nolle prosequi.  They are notorious figures, Tyrone Meighan [...]

La Inmaculada Credit Union Challenges Former General Manager in Court

Former General Manager of the La Inmaculada Credit Union in Orange Walk has filed a lawsuit against the Governor of the Central Bank of Belize for her wrongful termination after [...]

Remanded for Nasty Sexual Assault on Child

A fifty-six-year-old man was slapped with a single charge of sexual assault upon a seven-year-old child.  Franz Hamilton was remanded to prison today when he appeared in court to answer [...]

Fighting Back Against Unscrupulous Moneylenders: Attorneys Have Tips

News Five has been reporting on the case of Orange Walk resident Janine Vega and Laura and Julio Blanco of Pay Day and EZY Loans Pawning. Vega attempted to satisfy [...]

Daniel Ku Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Decade-Old Murder Case

A decade-old murder case has ended in a plea of manslaughter in the court of Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin in the Supreme Court. Danny Elvis Ku was alleged to have [...]