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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 a U.D.P. Again? DPM Faber Says Chances Slim to None

There are reports that disgraced former Immigration Minister, Elvin Penner, aspires to return to party politics.  But his involvement in the Won Hong Kim scandal and the corruption at the [...]

Deputy Prime Minister Says Inquiry Must Get Serious

The testimony today of ex-Minister Penner was broadcast on this station and our social media page. The feed got reaction from Belizeans at home and those in the diaspora. But [...]

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 [...]

Alberto August Proves Distraction for P.U.P.’s Courtenay

While Senator Eamon Courtenay was grilling Elvin Penner on the issue of the reason for his writing recommendations, he was suddenly distracted by chairman of the United Democratic Party Alberto [...]

Michael Bonilla’s Murder Case Still Open

Last Thursday, nineteen-year-old Michael Bonilla was cut down in a hail of bullets as he rode his bicycle along Elston Kerr Street.  The incident transpired behind Gwen Lizarraga High School [...]

Ludwin Lalin Death a Result of Gang Ties?

Eighteen-year-old Ludwin Lalin, a Guatemalan national, was shot and killed in a senseless act of gun violence on Monday night.  The fatal attack on the teenager happened on Curl Thompson [...]

New School Extension for Grace Primary

Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber was today inaugurating the extension to Grace Primary School within the Collet Division. The new facility will host upper division students and will improve significantly [...]

Industry Association Says Shrimp Farms Opted Out of ASC Certification

A recent report by IntraFish reported that the prestigious Aquaculture Stewardship Council, A.S.C., has suspended certification of four Belizean shrimp farms in April.  The farms named are Paradise Shrimp Farm, [...]

ACP Williams Says G.S.U. Must Have Some Respect

The Gang Suppression Unit, despite a standing agreement among various Belize City groups to hold the peace, remains on a sustained campaign to crack down on these elements.  Those sting [...]

CEMO Meets the Public in Annual Symposium

There has been a spate of fires since the beginning of the year.  Though there have been no fatalities, there has been concern that the fire department has not been [...]