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Glenn D. Godfrey Persists in U.S. Court Case, But Will He Succeed in Belize?

On Wednesday of this week, a court in the U.S. made a ruling that appears to uphold a lower court’s jurisdiction in the GDG Acquisitions LLC versus Government of Belize [...]

Reviled Elvin Penner Wants to Recommend Ways to Fix Immigration

We continue our coverage of the Senate Special Select Committee’s public hearings. On Wednesday, former Minister of State for Immigration and Nationality, Elvin Penner, visited and sat for more than [...]

More on the International Meetings of Penner and Won Hong Kim

Who accompanied Elvin Penner to Taiwan and China to meet with Won Hong Kim? And what were they discussing? These are some of the questions that were put to the [...]

Was Kim Ever Really in Belize?

But Penner started to clam up again when Senator Courtenay tried to make the connection between the ex-Minister of State’s ‘business vacation’ in Mainland China and Kim’s data showing up [...]

Penner Says He Sponsored Nobody for “Asian Visas”

Witnesses from the Immigration Department who have testified at the public hearings have spoken of ‘sponsors’ for Asian visas. People would ask these persons to write on their behalf to [...]

Magistrate Norman Rodriguez is Arraigned on Rape Charge

Magistrate Norman Rodriguez went to work early this morning at around seven- thirty to avoid the glare of the cameras waiting for his unprecedented appearance in court. But his arraignment [...]

Elvin Penner Talks to Senate, But Not About Won Hong Kim

Appearing at today’s public hearing of the Senate Special Select Committee at the National Assembly in Belmopan was former Minister of State for Immigration and Nationality, Elvin Penner.  This is [...]

Senate Chair Refutes Penner’s Application of the Law

The Committee disagreed. Chairman Senator Aldo Salazar told Penner that any questions put to him would not concern any action in court, nor that the Committee was in the process [...]

Penner Refuses to Discuss Appearance at Immigration Department with ‘Phantom’ Kim

And while that was Penner’s stance this morning, the Senate panel spent time on other matters before eventually returning to the Kim scandal in the afternoon session. What followed was [...]

Kim File Documents Were Complete; ex-Minister Does Not Remember What He Did with File

The thrust and parry continued with the panel’s Chairman, Aldo Salazar, scoring a point when he questioned Penner about the remarks of Gordon Wade, former Chief of Nationality at the [...]

Penner Met Real Kim But Hesitant to Discuss ‘Friends’

Chairman Salazar tag-teamed out to Senator Eamon Courtenay, who turned to the question of how Penner and Kim met in the first place. Here the former Minister was a little [...]

International Buddies Penner and Kim Met in Both Chinas

Penner was able to give further details of his meetings with Kim, which took place in both Chinas – the People’s Republic or Mainland China, and the Republic of China, [...]

Penner Says His Recommendations Weren’t Meant to be Taken Seriously…

Back to the Senate Inquiry, which concluded just before four p.m. today…The issue of ministerial recommendations for visas in particular, especially to Asian nationals, has been a major thorn in [...]

…And There Weren’t “Hundreds” of Approved Visas

Penner also contends that some visas which he recommended for approval were not approved. But why was it necessary to go through it, especially if it was not intended to [...]

Penner Sticks by Yakut Sup’s Claim to Nationality

The panel turned to other questionable grants of nationality mentioned in the Audit Report. In the case of Yakup Sut, a Turk whom Penner met in Germany, it was clear [...]

What Happened to Peter Pang’s Passport?

Another infamous case is that of Peter Pang, whose nationality certificate was backdated; his file was missing despite being requested by the Auditors, and there was no evidence that Pang [...]

Corozal Double Murder Person of Interest, John DeShaies, Still Being Questioned by Police

The murders of fifty-two-year-old Francesca Matus and Drew Thomas DeVoursney remain under investigation by Corozal Police, with the assistance of the F.B.I.  A suspect has been in custody for one [...]

2 Charged for Corozal Robbery/Kidnapping

Two of the four men alleged to be involved in the kidnapping and robbery of three young men in Corozal last week were arraigned on Monday in the Corozal Magistrate’s [...]

Teenager Charged for Shooting of Telswin Lara

Police have made an arrest in a shooting in the city of Telswin Lara on Sunday on Arlington Drive. This morning, eighteen-year-old Dane Khalil Gillett, a resident of Pinks Alley, [...]

Wife Spares Husband Over Threatening Words Charge

A Turkish national employed with the Princess Hotel and Casino was today arraigned on a single charge of using threatening words against his common-law wife, a Guyanese cosmetologist. She reported [...]

Elvin Penner to Break Silence at Senate on Wednesday But What Will He Say?

On Wednesday, former Minister of State for Immigration and Nationality, Elvin Penner, is to be questioned by the six members of the Senate Special Select Committee. It makes for high [...]

John Deshaies Engages Legal Representation for Long Fight

Canadian national John DeShaies remains in police lockup following his arraignment on Friday, when he was denied bail in the Independence Magistrate Court.  He appeared in court for charges of [...]

Andre Vega Stands Alone on Land Compensation Case

This morning, Supreme Court Justice Courtney Abel dropped the case against Hilmar Alamilla, associate of Andre Vega and the former deputy Prime Minister Gaspar Vega, as it relates to a [...]

Accused ‘Fake Cop’ Waits for Bail; Says He’s Not Doing Well in Prison

Dorian Blair, one of two Belize City men recently charged for impersonating a police officer, was today before the Supreme Court for a bail hearing, but the hearing was moved [...]

Brother Hurt Sister in Dispute Over Rent Money

A family dispute between siblings and their mother ended up in court today with the arraignment of Rayford Saldano for wounding his sister Joleen Saldano. She reportedly put him out [...]