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Ministers Martinez and Castro Repudiate Alvarine Burgess’ Testimony

As expected, today’s public hearing of the Senate Special Select Committee was a spectacle, though not of the best kind. For the first time since the Committee convened in November, [...]

Why a Recommendation is Only a Recommendation

Minister Martinez poured out his troubles to the press last Wednesday, including an extensive discussion about the need for recommending persons to obtain visas, passports and nationality and whether a [...]

Boots Took Sponsor’s Word on Wen Zhan Yu Visa Application

Anthony “Boots” Martinez’s sole appearance in the Auditor General’s Report is in Appendix Four of the Visa section as a recommender for Wen Zhan Yu, which he says was done [...]

Did Someone Forge Castro’s Words?

In the case of Edmond Castro, there is a trail in the Auditor General’s Reports as well as in documentation provided by previous witnesses in the inquiry. Castro’s name appears [...]

Hearing Gets Political as Ministers Taunt P.U.P. Rivals

In today’s appearances before the Senate Special Select Committee, both Ministers Martinez and Castro took strong objection to answering questions that they felt appeared outside of the scope of the [...]

Boots Concedes Low Conviction Rate for Trafficking in Persons, but Not Gov’t Complicity

As we told you on Friday, Prime Minister Dean Barrow does not accept the claims made in the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons report, which puts Belize in Tier [...]

Pro-tem Chair Chides Ministers’ Conduct in Hearing

Senator for Trade Unions and Civil Society Elena Smith took the chair for the first time as pro-tem chair, replacing the absent Aldo Salazar who returns next week after being [...]

Senate Being Thrifty in Committee Spending; Hearings Will Continue Past July

The Committee has usually been reticent in outlining where the inquiry is going in terms of calling witnesses, for fear of giving too much of the game plan away. It [...]

Most Wanted Erwin Santos Caught in Teakettle

Just a few minutes shy of eleven a.m. today, Erwin Santos was captured by officers attached to the Belmopan Police Formation in Teakettle, Cayo. The twenty-four-year-old, who also has the [...]

In Teakettle, Santos Family Home Destroyed by Fire

According to police, Erwin Santos was considered armed and dangerous while on the loose. Some six hours before his detention, his family home in Teakettle was burnt to the ground. [...]

C.C.J. Hears Final Appeals of Gregory August and Alwin Gabb

A conviction appeal brought by condemned murderer Gregory August, who has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, resumed before the Caribbean Court of Justice earlier [...]

D.P.P. Asks to Keep Mandatory Sentence But Allows for Rehabilitation

D.P.P. Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, in her presentation, argued that the court should be able to determine whether an inmate should be eligible for parole and granted such release based on rehabilitation. [...]

Guatemalan to be Tried for Fatal Highway Accident

Guatemalan national, Erick Rene Salazar Guzman, a driver of Burrell Boom, Belize District was committed to stand trial for manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, failure to report [...]

Where is Mark Pollard?

Where is Mark Pollard? The forty-nine-year-old of Peter Seco Street in Belize City has not been seen or heard from since Monday and the family is tonight fearing the worst. [...]

Has Oil Spill from Guatemala Reached Belize’s Sarstoon?

Did Guatemalan oil spill reach as far as into Belize’s waterways? There has been no official statement from the Department of Environment, but it is widely believed that there is [...]

Guat Military Trail Belize Expedition in Belizean Territory

This morning, shortly after passing through the Sarstoon Island area, the Guatemalan Armed Forces trailed the Belizean boat for some ten minutes. While the boat remained within Belize territory, as [...]

Meet and Greet is Back with Marco Vidal in Charge

This afternoon, in the vicinity of North Creek, personnel from Eastern Division South, led by Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal, met with residents of the area on an individual basis.  The [...]

Vidal Concedes Worth of Community Policing

Senior Superintendent Marco Vidal, during his tenure as head of the Gang Suppression Unit, decried community policing as a failed attempt by the department to reach out to the citizenry.  [...]

Gangs at Peace, but Work Continues

As for the present ceasefire among rival Belize City gangs, Senior Superintendent Vidal says that the truce was struck between the various groups at their behest and not an initiative [...]

New Top Cops Close Book on Past

Despite the many criticisms that Vidal has received for his hard-nosed approach to policing, during his days as GSU commander, he has opted to take a progressive attitude this time [...]