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Ex-Immigration Minister Contends Ministers Are Not Responsible for Public Officers

Former Minister of Immigration and briefly National Security, Carlos Perdomo, ended his appearance last Wednesday before the Senate panel hitting back at claims he disregarded his personal standards with regard [...]

No Cabinet Intervention, says Perdomo, Even Though Ministers Went to Department

Carlos Perdomo was the first Minister of Immigration and Nationality appointed under the Barrow administration in 2008. His time pre-dates somewhat the Auditor General’s Report, but Senator Mark Lizarraga seemed [...]

The Immigration Mess is No Joke

Perdomo continued to fend off questioning about how it is that as minister he had little to no knowledge of the goings-on in the Department, relying on his most senior [...]

Ady Pacheco Puts Off Testimony to Next Week; She Will Bring Attorney with Her

Senior Immigration Officer Ady Pacheco has been one of the most highly anticipated witnesses at the Senate Special Select Committee’s public hearings. Her name has been directly tied to the [...]

Accused Radisson Hotel Robber Charged

A Belize City Security Guard, David Reneau, employed at the Radisson Fort George Hotel, is the latest victim of a robbery allegedly perpetuated by another security guard.  This afternoon, twenty-six-year-old [...]

Remand for Alleged Light Meter Thief

Another alleged robber appeared in court this morning, only that the theft was significantly higher. Burrell Boom resident Santiago Padillo was arraigned for the theft of three thousand and thirty-three [...]

Judge Rules No Bail for Orlando Vera; Hearing Date Set

Last week Friday, Supreme Court Judge, Hon, Justice Herbert Lord heard a bail application for convicted prisoner, Orlando Vera, the Belize Police Department Ballistic Examiner. On June first, 2017 Vera [...]

Duo to be Tried for False Nationality Certificates

Two men, one from San Pedro and the other from Corozal, will have to stand trial at the Supreme Court for thirteen counts of possession of false documents in respect [...]

Thais Cowo Charged for Harm; Says Justice Must Be Served

This afternoon in Orange Walk, twenty-five-year-old mother of three, Thais Cowo of San Pablo Village, was arraigned in the Magistrate’s Court on a single charge of harm. She is accused [...]

Accused Serial Rapist Free of 2 Convictions

A serial rapist in Belmopan, accused of sexually assaulting a woman in March 2011, was sentenced to fifteen years in prison.  He was also serving a ten-year stretch for an [...]

Orlando Vera Challenges Conviction, Seeks Bail

He faces two years in prison, but senior forensic ballistic examiner Orlando Vera, convicted for abetment to pervert the course of justice, is fighting his conviction and sentence.  Today, he [...]

Trio in Tanya Carter Robbery Spared Jail

A trio of teenagers were handed suspended prison sentences for their roles in the robbery of entertainer Tanya Carter more than a week ago. Magistrate Carlon Mendoza sentenced nineteen year [...]

Forensic Examiner Orlando Vera Gets Two Years for Perverting Justice

A ballistics examiner employed with the National Forensic Science Service is serving a two-year sentence at the Belize Central Prison after being found guilty last Thursday of abetment to pervert [...]

Why Was Alleged Bribery Attempt Not Investigated?

As we told you on Wednesday, Paul Ku got a Belizean passport with the approval of then-Immigration Director Ruth Meighan and then-Minister Carlos Perdomo, despite issues with his application flagged [...]

Testy Exchange as Perdomo Goes after Lizarraga

The hearing concluded with some fireworks, as Business Senator Mark Lizarraga pressed the former Minister on a particular application for one Mohamed Mohamed Khalil Owemer, a Saudi/Palestinian national who applied [...]

Churches Tell Senate Punish the Guilty

Senator for the Churches, Ashley Rocke, has told News Five that he believes he has seen enough of the public testimony for the Senate Special Select Committee. He also opined [...]

At Senate, ex-Minister of Immigration Carlos Perdomo Washes Hands Clean of Involvement

The Senate Special Select Committee called former Minister of Immigration and Nationality and National Security Carlos Perdomo as its sole witness today. Perdomo presided over the Ministry during the early [...]

Perdomo Says He Relied on Senior Immigration Personnel to Have All in Order

But how would ministers handle request for assistance with passport and nationality applications?  Perdomo said he told the auditors that in his time, he would send a note inquiring about [...]

Immigration the Butt of “Corruption Jokes”

The “culture of corruption” has become a theme of the Senate Inquiry. Various Immigration officers have come forward to acknowledge that the department was largely at the mercy of ministers [...]

Perdomo Says, “I Only Recommended for Clean Files.”

The minister’s pen proved mightier than any sword in the Immigration Department. Testimony from various officers showed that a minister’s recommendation, whether for passport, visa or nationality, carried significant weight [...]

Serial Robber Pleads Guilty, Gets More Prison Time

Tonight, well-known criminal figure Stanley Moore was handed down another prison sentence after he changed his not guilty plea to guilty for attempted robbery and wounding against a seventy-three-year-old businessman [...]

D.P.P. on Pakeman: Botched Investigation; Premature Dismissal of Charges

In a surprise statement, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl-Lynn Vidal has made scathing remarks against those who mismanaged the investigation of Dorian Pakeman, the Director of the Government Press [...]

Traffic Charges Dropped Against John Briceño

P.U.P. leader John Briceño saw charges of Negligent Harm, Failure to Report an Accident and Driving a Vehicle without Due Care and Attention tossed out of the Orange Walk Magistrate’s [...]

Accused Sex Offender Gets New Trial

A Corozal Free Zone employee who in August 2011 was accused of raping a sixteen-year-old minor has been granted a retrial. Thirty-six-year-old Antonio Gutierrez was convicted of raping the minor [...]

From Murder to Manslaughter – Fourteen More Years in Jail for Osmar Sabido Jr.

Twenty-one years for manslaughter….that’s the sentence handed down today by the Court of Appeal to Osmar Sabido Junior. He was convicted in April 2016 of the murder of his common-law [...]