Channel5Belize.com » RSS Feed http://edition.channel5belize.com News 5 Live Fri, 21 Sep 2018 03:01:27 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Steep Bail for Drug Plane Trio http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172238 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172238#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2018 02:15:38 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172238 There are two major developments on the illegal landing of a drug plane with fourteen million dollars worth of cocaine. The drug, one thousand two hundred and twenty-six pounds of it, packed in bales, was destroyed today in western Belize in an operation mounted by the police.  The other very significant event happened here in the city in the Supreme Court where Superintendent David Chi, Police Constable Norman Anthony and Peter Friesen appeared. The trio was in the courtroom of Justice Francis Cumberbatch seeking to be released on bail on the eve of the Independence Day. All three were successful in securing a one hundred and fifty thousand-dollar bail, which is one of the highest amounts to be imposed under these circumstances. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The cost of freedom for a trio of men, including Superintendent David Chi, is an exorbitant sum.  For their purported role in facilitating the illegal landing of an aircraft, the senior law enforcement officer, along with Police Constable Norman Anthony and Peter Friesen were each offered bail of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars.  It is alleged that they all had a hand in guiding a single-engine CESSNA airplane to a remote location in the Orange Walk District, where it touched down at a makeshift landing strip in the Tres Leguas community.

 

Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley

Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley, Attorney

“What has happened is that Justice Cumberbatch was mindful of taking into account the circumstances of the persons who were alleged to be involved in the matter of landing a plane, not at an airstrip or airport which is licensed.  I don‘t think that persons involved in the trade will want to go to the international airport or the various licensed aerodromes.  But the point is that first of all, the system works.  The judiciary stood up for the liberty of persons who are alleged to have committed very, very serious offenses.  In the case Superintendent of Police who was in charge of the Orange Walk police formation, he was offered bail in the sum of a hundred and fifty thousand dollars which is a very, very high sum in relation to granting bail to citizens of Belize.  Even foreigners are given less bail but the judge took into consideration that landing a plane, being involved in the matter of seven million US dollars worth of cocaine, which is another word for demons, is one that requires the community to take into account that the judiciary takes a very serious view of the matter.”

 

The interior of the aircraft was gutted and laden with five hundred and fifty-two kilograms of cocaine, before taking off from Venezuela.  The supposed involvement of those officers in that operation is a black-eye on the police department.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Acting ComPol

“There will always be situations where police officers will be accused of wrongdoing, but it is a matter for us a department when these information manifest themselves that we do the relevant investigation with a view to either exculpate the officer or to gather evidence that will be sufficient to lay charges or disciplinary action against the officers concerned.  As it relates to this recent incident, we have an ongoing investigation that is being led by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Robert Mariano and Senior Superintendent Sandra Bodden and they have been tasked to probe as much as they can into this allegation with a view to see if indeed other officers are involved and if evidence against them can be obtained.”

 

Norman Anthony

This morning, the three men appeared before Justice Francis Cumberbatch.  With the exception of Norman Anthony, Senior Counsel Dickie Bradley represented both policemen.

 

Richard “Dickie” Bradley

“In the event of the persons involved were to be convicted that at the Supreme Court level which is where this matter will be tried, a judge will take into account the quantum of bail and the circumstances involved.  So there are two very important principles Belizeans need to bear in mind, your liberty is very important no matter what is the allegation against you.  This is not a trial as to whether the accused persons are innocent or guilty or have been set up.  This is just, I‘m going to give you back your freedom but I want certain conditions to be met.  Those conditions are: you find persons who have land title to support the high quantum of bail that was granted.  You are not to interfere with witnesses directly or indirectly, in no form.  You must report to the police station on a regular basis every week.”

 

David Chi

Notwithstanding the arrest and indictment of Chi and Anthony, the Orange Walk District remains the center of activity for the movement of drugs coming into the country.

 

Chester Williams

“Yes, we do have an increase of police presence in the Orange Walk District.  Every week I would sanction operations in those areas with a view to deter criminal activities including the landing of planes.  And I am pleased to announce that we have a new officer commanding Orange Walk in the person of Mr. Juanita Cocom.  You all know him from Ladyville.  He is an outstanding officer and we believe that with him at the helm his level of expertise and the professionalism that he brings to the table that will help us to be able to restore some degree of confidence and public trust in the work of the police in Orange Walk Town.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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Millions of Dollars in Cocaine Goes Up in Smoke http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172236 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172236#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2018 02:12:36 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172236 Tests confirm that more than one thousand two hundred twenty-six pounds of cocaine were inside bales discharged from a CESSNA aircraft on September ninth. Today, a convoy of heavily armed police transported the drug to a site in Georgeville, Cayo, for its destruction. On arrival, the parcels of cocaine were removed from the transporting vehicle and set on fire as smoke billowed.  The operation lasted a little over two hours and was witnessed by a number of persons from the Forensics Unit, Scenes of Crime, the Gang Suppression Unit, the Belize Defence Force and other elements of the police.  News’s Five Isani Cayetano was also present for the destruction and has the following report.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Up in smoke, all twenty-six bales of cocaine were destroyed by fire in the Cayo District this afternoon.  Information of the operation was closely guarded until the media received word that a convoy of vehicles was making its way along the George Price Highway.  Escorted by heavily armed law enforcement officers, including elements of the Gang Suppression Unit and operators from the Belize Special Assignments Group, the precious cargo, with an approximate street value of seven million U.S. dollars, was taken to a location in Georgeville.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Acting ComPol

“As you would have recalled when we had the press conference following the interception of the aircraft with its content, we had said at that press conference that we will be doing our best endeavor to ensure that the ten suspected cocaine would be destroyed within a reasonable time, because having it in our custody does pose some threat from those persons who were involved in its trafficking.  One of the process of doing the destruction was that we had to get confirmation from the lab that the content of those parcels was indeed cocaine and that confirmation was obtained yesterday and having obtained that, we filed at the Belize City Magistrate‘s Court an application for destruction this morning.  That application was granted and so we went into full action today, embarking on our mission to destroy the cocaine.”

 

Having confirmed that the substance was in fact powder cocaine, a team comprising of forensics personnel accompanied police to a site where each pack would be torched.  The detail of officers wasted no time in securing the perimeter, while a tractor brought in scrap lumber to fuel the blaze.  After cutting open each brick, officers would take turn tossing its content into the inferno.  Ordinarily, such an operation would take place at B.S.I.’s Tower Hill factory.

 

Chester Williams

“For us to have gone to Orange Walk to destroy, I don‘t think that would have been a wise idea and so we decided to do the destruction elsewhere, at a different location and that location was chosen for security reasons as well, as oppose to going to Orange Walk Town do the destruction.”

 

To avoid any doubt that what was being destroyed was indeed cocaine, the media, as well as other officials, was present for the bonfire.

 

Chester Williams

“We had elements of the Belize Defense Force, BSAG.  We had the Special Patrol Unit, GSU and MIT personnel.  So it was our paramilitary team who were involved in providing security for the destruction and I must say that you all were invited to be a part of the process to show transparency.  After all, you know Belizeans are always skeptical of things, so we wanted the media to be there to let the Belizean people know that we indeed destroy was cocaine so that there are no rumors or to dispel rumors that some may want to spread in some quarters.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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John Briceño: “There Are Even Bigger Fish Than That” http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172235 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172235#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2018 02:09:55 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172235

John Briceño

On Wednesday, P.U.P. Leader and Orange Walk Town Central Area, Representative John Briceño expressed shock when he learned that Orange Walk Commanding Officer, David Chi, had been implicated in the cocaine bust. Prior to the seizure on September ninth in Tres Leguas, near Blue Creek, Briceño spoke candidly about previous drug plane landings up north, alleging that ‘there are people high up in the government’ protecting suspected narco-traffickers. Briceño believes that Chi and the two Mexicans detained are small fishes.

 

John Briceño, P.U.P. Leader

“I was shocked to have found out that the commanding officer from Orange Walk was or it seems, it is purported that he is or is at least being accused that he was somehow involved. Chi, we used to call him Chi for a very long time. So, I was shocked when I heard about his involvement but I believe that there are even bigger fish than that. That is, I think, just the tip of the iceberg.”

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Chinese Businessman Perishes 10 Day after He Was Shot http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172233 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172233#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2018 02:06:17 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172233 Ten days after he was shot, a Chinese businessman, Jing Wu, succumbed at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Wu was along with his sideman, who is believed to have been the intended target.  A gunman surprised the duo on Lovely Lane where they were making a delivery. Rogelio Selgado from a Majestic Alley address was uninjured, but Wu was hit on the head. Though he fought to stay alive, he succumbed at one this morning. Police now have another murder to investigate. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Thirty-five-year-old Jing Wu was delivering ice along with his sideman, Rogelio Selgado, on September tenth when a gunman exited a bushy lot on Lovely Lane and opened fire on them. Police say the intended target was Selgado, a resident of the Majestic Alley area, who escaped unhurt. But Wu had been hit to the head and remained hospitalized in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Unfortunately after one o’clock this morning, Wu succumbed to his injuries.

 

Alejandro Cowo

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

“He succumbed to his injuries over night at about minutes to one and at this moment, the body is at the morgue where a post-mortem will be conducted sometime today.”

 

Even though Wu was innocent, police say that the shooting was motivated by gang warfare on the north side of Belize City. Several persons, including the main suspect, were initially detained, but subsequently released due to lack of cooperation from the community.

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“As I mentioned the last time, yes we had two persons detained but we had to release them after being interviewed. But one of them still remains as the prime suspect.”

 

Reporter

“So you had to release them because of the usual reason, for want of persons to give statements?”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Yes.”

 

Reporter

“So now that he has died and it is a murder investigation, will these people be re-detained?”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Well we are still working on that case; we are still speaking to persons who were in that area to come in and cooperate with us to see if this can lead to somebody being detained and later charged for that murder.”

 

The murder has sent shockwaves across the Belize Chinese community. Chairman of the Chinese Association, Edmund Quan says that the death of yet another Chinese national is concerning and the government has to do something about the level of crime.

 

Edmund Quan

Edmund Quan, Chairman, Chinese Association

“When I woke up, I saw the message in my phone that he passed last night around one o’clock in the morning. All I can say is that it is a tragic situation. I haven’t gotten chance to talk to the family, but they are in mourning right now, but later I can give them a call and see what arrangements they are planning. It’s a tragic thing for the entire country. He was just at the wrong place at the wrong time, wrong companion, which doesn’t justify it, but of course, I guess perhaps the government needs to really tighten up on the laws and stuff like that.”

 

Wu had been living in Belize for over fifteen years and was the proprietor of Lis Grocery on Mahogany Street. Duane Moody for News Five.

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Michael Arnold Shot on York Street http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172231 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172231#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2018 02:00:04 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172231

Michael Arnold

A Belize City resident is the latest victim of gun violence. Twenty-five-year-old Michael Arnold was shot this morning sometime around ten-forty as he was riding his bike on York Street in Belize City. He received one injury to the buttocks and is now hospitalized at the K.H.M.H. in a stable condition. According to neighbors in the area, Arnold fled for cover after he was hit, which may have saved his life. They say they heard as many as five shots ring out. Police responded to the scene shortly after.

 

Alejandro Cowo

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

“Police responded to shots being fired on York Street. They visited the hospital where Michael Arnold was seen with an apparent gunshot wound to the left side of the buttocks. He is in the hospital in a stable condition. What we have learnt is that he was walking on York Street and when he was about to reach the corner of York and Hunter’s Lane he was approached by three male persons, one of whom pulled out a fire arm and fired several shots in his direction and cause the above mentioned injuries.”

 

Duane Moody

“Sir, police have any idea, I know it is preliminary, but do you have any idea what may have motivated this shooting?”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Not at this moment.”

 

Duane Moody

“There are reports that Mr. Arnold may have been the gunman in the incident involving Mr. Jing Wu who died earlier today. Can you say whether he was a suspect in that case?”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“He was detained and he was interviewed but he had to be released because of no evidence.”

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Belize City Brothers Shot on Neal Penn Road http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172229 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172229#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:16:40 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172229 Prior to this morning’s shooting on York Street, at about seven p.m. on Wednesday night, shots rang out—some say up to nine blasts—on Neal Pen Road Extension. As the echoes from the blasts subsided, two brothers had been hit. Thirty-five-year-old moneylender, Jermaine Garbutt and forty-year-old deliveryman Everal Neal were hit to the feet. The siblings were socializing outside their house at ninety-five Neal Pen Road when two men on a motorcycle rode up and one of them opened fire on the unsuspecting brothers. Quick response from the police led to the detention of the two suspects, believed to be from the Jane Usher Boulevard area.

 

Alejandro Cowo

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

“Jermaine Garbutt, a thirty-five-year-old Belizean of number ninety-five B Neal Pen Road; he was suffering from three gunshot wounds—one to the right knee, one to the left knee and one to the left leg. And also seen was Mister Everal Neal, a forty-year-old Belizean of that same address; he was seen with an apparent gunshot wound to the left side of his hip. What police has gathered so far is that both of them were standing in front of their residence when two male persons stopped on a motorcycle and one of the male persons fired a barrage of gunshots causing the injuries to Mister Garbutt and Mister Neal. Both of them are presently admitted in a stable condition. There are two persons detained at this moment for that shooting incident that police are interviewing.”

 

Reporter

“I understand that through a rapid response from the police, you all were able to intercept a motorcycle?”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Yes those were the two guys that police had detained last night. They were found in the Jane Usher area.”

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Is Pier 1 Stabbing Connected to Neal Penn Road Shooting? http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172228 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172228#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:14:03 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172228

Alejandro Cowo

But was the shooting on Neal Pen Road Extension in retaliation for the stabbing incident at Pier One over the weekend? Coincidentally, earlier on Wednesday, Wayne Leslie, who is the nephew of Garbutt and Neal and resides at the same Neal Pen Road address, was charged for the stabbing of Kenan Faber.  Faber was among several persons who were stabbed during a brawl at the bar inside the B.T.L. Park on Newtown Barracks.  But police say that there is no evidence at this time that suggests that the incidents are related.

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

“Mister Wayne Leslie, a twenty-seven-year-old Belizean of that same address was formally arrested and charged yesterday for the stabbing incident that occurred at Pier One over the weekend, on Saturday, where Kenan Faber was injured to the left side of the lungs. He was charged with dangerous harm and use of deadly means of harm. Up to now, there is nothing to indicate that that shooting that happened last night has to do anything with the stabbing.”

 

Faber remains in a stable condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.

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Corozal Police Investigate Strange Shooting Incident http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172226 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172226#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:03:14 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172226

Joseph Myvett

A man from San Narciso Village in the Corozal District was injured in a scary ordeal in a contraband hotspot in the north. Wilfredo Pott says that on Tuesday night around eight o’clock, he headed in his vehicle from San Victor Village in the Corozal District en route to his home in San Narciso. As he left the village, in the company of Lorel Novelo, Pott says that a vehicle tried to run him off the road, before they heard shots. He lost control of the vehicle, which flipped several times. While Pott escaped unhurt, Novelo received bodily injuries and was rushed to the Corozal Community Hospital; he was later transported to the K.H.M.H. where he remains in a stable condition. It is known that the Customs Department carries out regular operations in that area. So could it have been Customs personnel who pursued Pott? Police say they are looking at all angles in its investigation.

 

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“It is being looked at from all angles. The police did visit the scene where a number of goods were found on the scene as well; most of which were destroyed. We cannot say whether they were uncustomed, but most of the goods were damaged.”

 

Duane Moody

“Sir, is there anything to suggest that maybe it is all an illegal contraband happening in that area because San Victor is known as a hotspot for that. Is it possible that this was just a criminal activity gone really bad?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“Well we do not know that at this point in time. We are looking at it from the traffic standpoint and as well that a complaint was made so it will be investigated in relation to shots fired.”

 

Reporter

“Sir but are you all investigating the Customs Department?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“Well we do not know whether or not it was customs so hence the reason for that part of the investigation.”

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Illegal Logging Operation Busted in San Felipe, Toledo http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172225 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172225#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:01:45 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172225

Joseph Myvett

Police busted a logging operation in the southern village of San Felipe, Toledo. On Wednesday, a joint patrol between police and the Forestry Department led to the discovery of three thousand feet of illegally logged lumber. Several persons were also detained in the area, and according to Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett they are being interviewed by the personnel from the Forestry Department.

 

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Officers discovered six San Felipe residents involved in the illegal logging. As a result, some three thousand feet of lumber was confiscated; however, those persons were not detained because I believe that forestry is conducting further investigation into this matter.”

 

Reporter

“How did the police know it was not a legitimate logging operation?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“Well they were accompanied by forestry officers on the operation.”

 

Reporter

“So now is this something that law enforcement—I know usually you all don’t get involved in this, but is this something that you all were made aware of by forestry?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“Yes, they came for police assistance to go on the operation and from time to time, we do accompany Forestry Department on these operations.”

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Elderly Man Claims Unfair Treatment at the Hands of GSU http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172224 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172224#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2018 01:00:31 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172224 The following is another story involving claims against the Gang Suppression Unit. Seventy-two-year-old Belize City resident Gladstone Brown and Melda Casimiro Valerio say that their house was raided by members of the GSU without due cause. The elderly man came to our studios in a wheelchair. Accompanied by Valerio, he claims that about eight GSU officers barged into their house on Sanker Street at around midday on Wednesday.  They say there were in search of drugs, guns, and ammunition, none of which were found. Brown and Valerio say that the GSU officers broke down their gate searched their home.

 

Gladstone Brown

Gladstone Brown, Belize City Resident

“They actually broke down the gate, straight upstairs with the gun, straight in my face. So when they saw that I cannot move, they started to take it easy. They say they came to search. I asked what they will search for. They said they will search for drugs and gun. I said to go through and search because I do not deal with drugs or gun. I do not have any sort of business going on like that. I am a poor old man, crippled.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Did they find anything sir?”

 

Gladstone Brown

“They found nothing because nothing is there.”

 

Melda Casimiro Valerio

Melda Casimiro Valerio, Belize City Resident

“So they came into my house and they told me to not say anything because they will punch me in my mouth. One of the GSU took away my knife from the table and went into the room and turned over all the clothes; the destruction that they did in the house. So I asked them what the problem was. They told me ammunition and guns. I do not do drugs. I do babysitting. I just want to talk to Mr. Whylie the Commissioner of Police to look into those things. To look into those things when GSU come into your home and take advantage, put gun on my kids and me and video tape me too. “

 

Gladstone Brown

“I need the Commissioner and the head of the GSU to understand that they came to chance me so if they come back again they will have to shoot me because I will allow them to come into my house.”

 

Gladstone says that twenty dollars went missing after the GSU officers raided his small house.

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No Arrest for Kortobacco Heist http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172223 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172223#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:59:25 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172223 Police have yet to levy charges for the major heist which took place at Kortobacco Belize Limited located inside the Benque Viejo Free Zone. The heist took place in the wee hours of September ninth.  The burglars stole only cash amounting to more than eight hundred thousand Belize dollars. Footage captured by security cameras shows four masked men using a blow torch to break into the building while a fifth person waited in the getaway car. While investigators believe that it was an inside job, police have yet to lay a charge on anyone regarding the heist. Police are also investigating whether the robbery relates to money laundering.

 

Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“What I can say so far is that the investigation is looking at all angles so none of those suggestions that you brought up are ruled out.”

 

Reporter

“Is one of the persons of interest someone who was recently detained and was investigated by the FIU for the possession large amount of US dollars?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“I will not be able to comment on that especially if that person was not charge.”

 

Reporter

“We received reports that two employees seem to have resigned right around the time of this break in, this heist, are you able to say if those persons’ behavior at the time of their departure is considered suspicious and are they considered persons of interest?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“No we did not get that information but certainly we will be following that.”

 

Reporter

“Is there any chance that the main culprits or the people that perpetrated the burglary that the may have absconded to or returned to their place of residence in Belmopan?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“We do not know.”

 

Also in the west, four men were nabbed on Monday afternoon at the security booth of the Benque Viejo Del Carmen Free Zone. Alert police detected the men wearing uniforms of the Task Force Security Firm, but the group was unable to produce a license. One of them, Jorge Cocom was found in possession of a twelve gauge pump action shotgun with cartridges; he was charged with Kept firearm without a gun license and ammunition. The others: Leo Simpson, George Avila Junior and Calvin Bladen were charged with acting as a security guard without a license.

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Duo Charged for Maya Center Robbery; 2 Others Sought http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172221 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172221#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:55:09 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172221

Joseph Myvett

A Belize City man and another from Dangriga have been charged in connection with a robbery on Tuesday night in Maya Center Village in Stann Creek. Just before eight-thirty p.m., police were alerted of a robbery in progress at a Chinese store belonging to Jinhong Zhuang. The thirty-one-year-old store owner said that four men, two of them with guns, entered the store and demanded money, which he handed over in fear of his life. He was relieved of two thousand, four hundred dollars in cash and three cell phones valued at two thousand dollars. But ACP Joseph Myvett says that quick response from the police led to the arrest of Akeem Augustine and Clinton Gordon in the Maya Beach area; they were subsequently charged for the robbery in Maya Center. Myvett explains how police were able to nab the suspects.

 

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Police responding to the area observed a white Ford escort car with Belize license plate and in an attempt to intercept the car, the driver sped off and the vehicle was later encountered by police on the Placencia Road; however, the occupants had made good their escape. So that vehicle is now in police custody. Further police investigation reveal that Maya Beach Police, responding to information, boarded a passenger bus that was headed towards Seine Bight Village where upon entering the bus, two male persons exited the bus through the back and attempted to make good their escape. Police pursued those persons and caught up with them and one of them was identified to be Akeem Augustine of a Belize City address who at the time had in his possession of a nine millimetre pistol loaded with nine rounds of ammunition. He was arrested and charged for possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition. He was then taken for further investigation where himself along with Clinton Gordon, thirty-years-old of a Dangriga address have since been arrested and charged frot he crime of robbery.”

 

Two others are being sought by police.

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More than $100,000 in Jewellery Stolen from Cayo Businessman http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172220 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172220#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:54:04 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172220

Joseph Myvett

Police in San Ignacio are investigating an alleged burglary at a jewellery store in that municipality. A businessman, Oscar Cano, is reporting that his business located on Savannah Street in San Ignacio was burglarized sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning and over one hundred thousand dollars worth of jewellery were stolen. There were no signs of forced entry, the robbers simply lifted the iron curtain and made their way inside.

 

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“He had initially spoken to the police on Monday, but he could not ascertain what exactly was stolen. However, yesterday he said that jewelleries amounting somewhere in the vicinity of one hundred thousand dollars was stolen. We are doing an investigation into this matter. We did conduct a viewing of the surveillance footage which showed that sometime around one-thirty a.m. on Monday someone entered the store by just lifting the iron curtain sufficiently enough for them to enter the store. There is no sign of forced entry so our officers are on the ground at this time trying to establish what exactly happened in that instance.”

 

Reporter

“So originally the complainant did not know what was stolen?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“No he did not know because our investigators had been back and forth with him from the onset and there seem not to have been any inventory of what was stolen.”

 

Reporter

“So some twenty-four hours or so later, he has made an assessment and concluded that…”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

It is more than twenty-four hours because yesterday he made an official report.”

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Saldivar or Faber for Party Leader – Minister Elrington Weighs In http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172219 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172219#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:52:16 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172219 Ministers John Saldivar and Patrick Faber have been all over the country rallying support for their bid for leadership of the United Democratic Party.  For the past few months, Saldivar has been visiting homes and making public appearances, while Faber recently started a tour as Acting Prime Minister.  While the two are seen as the main contenders for the leadership, speculation continues about a possible third candidate.  According to Minister Wilfred Elrington, there is a dark horse in the race, but he will throw his weight behind the minister who has supported his Pickstock constituency. Elrington, however, was tight-lipped when he was asked for a name.

 

Wilfred Elrington

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“In Cabinet, I can’t tell you if there is any evidence of any kind of activity. I think I have seen them out on the stump and I thought that it was such a wonderful display of democracy to see how spirited and active they are and how they are going to the people. Because in the final analysis it’s the people who are going to determine if they even get elected, much less getting any higher position than that. So I commend them for the energy that they are putting into it. The lone sight of the energy that they are putting into it gets me tired. I can’t even think of that. But I commend both of them for the energy they are putting into the process and I get the sense that John and Patrick have long been friends and that this rivalry for the leadership will not influence their relationship one way of the other.”

 

Reporter
“Is it your understanding that there is anybody else who would want to seek leadership in the U.D.P.?”

 

Wilfred Elrington
“There is some suggestion that there is a particular dark horse in deed – dark horse. I don’t want to call names because I have not gotten any confirmation on that, but your sense is a good as mine. Apparently, there is a third person there who is causing some measure of consternation, but that again is good. If you want to be the leader, you have to be a cut above the rest.”

 

Andrea Polanco
“Who’d you give your support to if we say Minister Faber or Minister Saldivar?”

 

Wilfred Elrington

“I have no difficulty with respect to that. I give the one who has paid most attention to Pickstock. It’s the Pickstock people who elect me so, and they know who they are and I have not been hesitant about that. I believe you must love who loves you. Reciprocity. So, I will support the one who has over the years been good to my people, who have in turn been good to me. That’s very simple for me.”

 

Reporter
“So who has been good and loving to Pickstock?”

 

Wilfred Elrington

“Ohhh, chat with the Pickstock people. [Laughs]”

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Leader of Opposition Disappointed with the Chambers http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172213 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172213#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:41:06 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172213

John Briceño

Leader of the Opposition John Briceño says he is disappointed with the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Briceño’s comments come after the B.C.C.I. fired off a release eight days ago, condemning the ‘childish’ and ‘petulant’ behavior exhibited in the House of Representatives on August thirty first. On that day the government debated the Appropriation Bill to pay a ninety-five million-dollar compensation award for the Universal Health Services debt. After a heated back and forth between parliamentarians of both sides of the House, the P.U.P. stormed out of the House before the vote, while the U.D.P. voted the bill down. The Chamber condemned what it called ugly political drama, stating that parliamentarians convened with no clear intent to constructively resolve the decade-old U.H.S. debt saga.  The B.C.C.I. further stated that neither side appeared to have the will or the desire to set petty partisanship aside, and to find a constructive solution to the problem. The P.U.P. rebutted, saying that it is dismayed at the gullibility of the Chamber in failing to recognize the obvious political ploy by the U.D.P.   Here’s what Briceño had to say.

 

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“We were disappointed that it took the Chamber ten years to realize how the government has been behaving in the house. From the time that the government was elected, the U.D.P. has been in office they have been misbehaving. They have been turned the House into a circus. We made it abundantly clear. How can we go to the House to vote on a bill that the Government is introducing and they have said that they will vote against it? Why will we go through a charade? We went in. We made our point. We pointed out that despite the fact that it was not as transparent as people would have wished, the U.H.S. was settled. In 2008 when Dean Barrow and the U.D.P. got into government, that depth was at zero. He maliciously decided that he is going to break an agreement that was legally done and took back those twenty million dollars. They went to the Privy Council and the Privy Council told them that was a legal agreement. They went all the way to the C.C.J. All this time, Mr. Barrow knew that it was a legal agreement and that it will have to be paid sooner or later. If you remember in the House, he never said about never paying. He said that someday it will have to be paid but he is trying to continue to play politics over the U.H.S. I explained to the Chamber, we are not going to play politics with Dean Barrow over this issue.”

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Father of the Nation George Price Remembered http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172157 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172157#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2018 03:32:18 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172157 The People’s United Party today paid tribute to one of its co-founder and Father of the Nation, George Cadle Price. Price, a national hero and leader emeritus of the P.U.P., passed seven years ago on September nineteen 2011. Since his death, the P.U.P. has been holding a wreath-laying ceremony at his resting place at the Lord Ridge Cemetery in Belize City as what was done today. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo reports.

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Seven years ago on September nineteenth, 2011, Right Honorable George Cadle Price passed away in Belize City. He was ninety-two years old when he died- two days before the country celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of Belize’s independence. For most, Price is known as the Father of the Nation and during the PUP’s annual wreath-laying ceremony this morning at Lord Ridge Cemetery, Price’s descendants remembered him as a man of many distinguishing qualities.

 

Emilio Zabaneh

Emilio Zabaneh, Grand Nephew of George Price

I have reflected over and over on the life of honorable George Price, born on 1919. The first thirty years of his life was a preparation for his work ahead. Uncle George was the oldest of the two brothers but his was nurtured not only by his mother but also by older sisters. When I about his strategic placement in the line of children in his family, even this becomes so significant in whom he became as a man.”

 

Leni Jo Usher

Leni Jo Usher, Niece of George

“He strived to create a Belizean identity by bringing us together as a people regardless of the village, town or city from which we came. When he was alive he visited the populace at their homes despite their political persuasion. He was accepted by most, rejected by some and respected by most.” 

 

Under George Price, Belize achieved a peaceful independence on September twenty-first, 1981. The Father of the Nation was also a National Hero and was the Leader Emeritus of the People’s United Party, which he co-founded on September 29, 1950.

 

Said Musa

Said Musa, Former Prime Minister

“George Price led by example. Many, I can recall, would see this gentleman when he was seen walking from his little house in Belmopan to his office. He would go along on the sidewalks picking up garbage with people on the side of the road. That is leading by example.”

 

Following Price’s example are the current members of the People’s United Party. Every year on the date of Price’s passing; the P.U.P. Leader and the party conduct services across the country. Today, Leader John Briceño planted trees at Dolphin Park as a tribute to Price’s legacy.

 

John Briceno

John Briceno, Leader, P.U.P.

“On this day we take a time to reflect on the work that Mr. Price that did for us. He served this country unselfishly and that he can always be that example of what people expect from their leaders, a person that is humble, caring, loves and genuinely wants to serve the people. This is one day that we can the opportunity, on the day that left us, to take that time out, do some reflections and at the same time to do some kind of activity to try to honour the life of Mr. Price.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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Opposition Leader: “I believe that we are not going to lose any land” http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172152 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172152#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2018 03:15:52 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172152

John Briceño

Opposition Leader John Briceño is pro-I.C.J.  He says that after attempting all other avenues, taking Guatemala’s claim to the I.C.J. is the only way to settle the centuries-old dispute. Briceño strongly believes that Belize will not lose any land if the I.C.J. rules on the matter.

 

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“I believe that we are not going to lose any land. I really believe that so I do not agree with the Foreign Minister when he says that. I believe that the British may have either a legal or moral obligation to live up to their financial commitment so at most I see a financial commitment may come about but that is something that the British will have to pay not Belize.”

 

Reporter

“How could the British be involved at this stage when we actually took it upon ourselves to gain independence and decide that we will try and resolve the Guatemala issue? The British is not a factor anymore.”

 

John Briceño

“It is. They don’t absolve themselves just by saying that it is your problem. They are the one who caused that problem. We as a nation we have to do everything possible to be able to find a solution to this unfounded claim by Guatemala which we do not support for a minute. But if there is anybody that should be held responsible, it is the British. We have our land papers. We are our borders. We have our country and it is a country that we will defend every single inch of it.”

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Is Calaney Flowers Headed Back to Court in Death of Ex-boyfriend Lyndon Morrison? http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172149 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172149#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2018 03:11:52 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172149

Calaney Flowers

Calaney Flowers was acquitted of the murder of her boyfriend Lyndon Morrison last year, having spent years behind bars awaiting trial. She visited the United States shortly after her release and is currently in detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for possibly overstaying her time.  But Flowers is back in the news tonight because there is a pending notice of appeal for a retrial, which would require her to return to Belize. Flowers, according to reports, may be deported at any time. News Five’s Isani Cayetano looks back on the sensational acquittal.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Calaney Flowers was released from the Belize Central Prison a free woman on March twenty-fourth, 2017, after being acquitted of murder.  Having been on pretrial detention for fifty-six months prior to the matter being dispensed with at the Supreme Court, Flowers stood accused of killing ex-boyfriend Lyndon Morrison.  The lurid details of the incident reportedly involved Flowers bumping into the rear of Morrison’s motorcycle as he rode along Freetown Road with his girlfriend seated behind him.  Morrison, with whom the former bank teller shared a son, was flung to his death.  His girlfriend, Sochyl Sosa, was seriously injured.  At the time of the trial, Flowers was represented by Senior Counsel Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley.

 

Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley

Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley, Attorney for Calaney Flowers [M arch 24th, 2017]

“The actual charge against Calaney Flowers is that she murdered Mr. Morrison and she attempted to murder the person riding at the back of the motorcycle.  That he could find no evidence, that he could find nothing to confirm with the legal ingredient of the crime of murder.  Murder means that you must have the intention to kill.  At some stage, it could be long time you decided that you will kill or it could be right at the spur of the moment.  He could find nothing at all in the evidence that Calaney Flowers actually formed that intention and executed it.”

 

As a result, Justice Troadio Gonzalez dismissed the charge brought against Flowers who had languished in prison for four and a half years before a decision was taken.  That ruling, however, was open to challenge by way of an appeal.  The emotional impact of Flowers being set free was too much for Morrison’s family to bear, especially his mother.  Colin Morrison shared his intense grief in the wake of that decision.

 

Colin Morrison

Colin Morrison, Brother of Deceased

“We had discussed two ways, either the murder or manslaughter.  But we definitely weren’t prepared for a case being thrown out, you know.  [We] definitely never prepared for this.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“How has this, on a personal note, you’ll forgive me for asking but I’ll ask nonetheless; how has this saga affected your family, in terms of the emotional loss and damages?”

 

Colin Morrison

“Well, it ripped out the heart of my mother, you know.  I mean, I couldn’t even imagine losing my child, much less anything else, you know, and at one point my brother was like my son when my mother was away studying, you know.”

 

News Five understands that Flowers subsequently left for the United States shortly after being vindicated; however, a notice of appeal has since been filed by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for a retrial to be held.  Flowers, we also understand, is in detention abroad for having committed an immigration offence. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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Police Operations Responsible for Drop in Major Crimes in August http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172147 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172147#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2018 03:08:23 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172147

John Saldivar

The Ministry of National Security says major crimes were down by twenty-seven percent in August, when compared to July. The crime statistics indicate that one hundred major crimes were reported in August, while one hundred and thirty-seven were recorded in July. When we spoke with Minister John Saldivar today, we asked him to comment on what has resulted in this decrease. He says it is a combination of the different operations across the country and those are expected to continue through the end of the year.

 

John Saldivar, Minister of National Security

“Obviously, in August that came before the implementation of the declaration of the emergency areas. So, it certainly had nothing to do with that. It had to do with the various operations that we have been conducting country wide, including Operation Act, Operation Clamp Down, including several weekend exercises where we have gone after certain elements we believe to be responsible for the hike in crime. I think that has been successful especially for the month of August.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“To sustain this, will all these operations be maintained?”

 

John Saldivar

“We’re continuing them for as long as we believe they are necessary and so far we see that certainly until the end of year. But we will keep them in place for as long as we feel necessary.”

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Breaking News: 2 Men Shot on Neal Pen Road http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172145 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172145#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2018 03:06:09 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172145 A shooting happened a while ago in the Neal Pen Road area. As many as eight shots were fired and two men were injured and rushed to the hospital. Police are processing the scene and we’ll have more on this in Thursday’s newscast.

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Attorney Audrey Matura Raises Further Questions on the State of Public Emergency http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172142 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172142#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2018 03:03:35 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172142 Forty plus men have been locked up since September fifth following the proclamation of state of public emergency on two neighbourhoods, in south side Belize City, where the George Street and the Mayflower/Bank Street gangs reside. Seven days later, the men were transported to the Central Prison in Hattieville where they remain detained, without any charges levied against them. Their constitutional rights have also been waived as a result of the proclamation, which is being monitored closely by the Human Rights Commission of Belize as well as several attorneys. But even as the statutory instrument was signed on the fourth, the regulations were released until days later. Attorney Audrey Matura says that based on provision in the constitution, she has been retained by several of the detainees, but has been unable to meet with her clients. There are also allegations coming out of the prison that some of the detainees have been denied visitation rights and have been placed in solitary confinement after being brutalized. Matura says that she wrote to the C.E.O. at Kolbe, Virgilio Murillo and will ask Justices of the Peace to exercise their powers. Matura also says that fourteen days after the proclamation, she’s unaware if information on the detainees has been gazetted, as required.

 

Audrey Matura

Audrey Matura, Attorney

“By my calculation; that fourteen day would have been either yesterday or today depending if it is inclusive of the fourth or if it is exclusive of the fourth of September. So to give them a grace period, I say today. I have not seen the gazette, but it is mandatory because I believe that once it is gazetted, the onus is also not only on the attorneys, but the onus is on everybody involved in human rights including people who are justices of the peace who have the right to go to a prison or any place at the police station and go check on people. I, last Friday, went to the prison to see several clients and I was denied access to it. When I wrote a letter Mister Murillo telling him that these people under the constitution that there will be a tribunal that will be empanelled by the thirtieth day by the Chief Justice—that’s required by law under the constitution—and it says that these people are then entitled to counsel and they are entitled to have representation before this panel to see if their detention will continue. He then wrote me back a rude letter like to say it is until after the thirty days then I have right to see my clients. I disagree with that. I have received reports from prisoners within there, because they are entitled to their free calls, and they’ve related stories where some of these detainees have been brought in pepper sprayed and beaten and put in solitary confinement. I have names of some which I will not disclose at this time. One or two have been have been able to see their relatives, but some have been denied access to their relatives which causes then one to wonder how come some and some not. If they are indeed beaten, if you can indeed see scars and marks on them of course no prison authority will allow you to see them because then you will gather that data. And that is one of my concerns why I say someone needs to step in and the Justices of the Peace have that power to step in.”

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Have Known Gang Members Evaded Emergency Zones? http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172141 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172141#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2018 02:56:47 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172141

Audrey Matura

There have been several reports made of law-abiding persons being caught in the dragnet in respect of the state of public emergency. There is mounting concern over the abuse of power.  Attorney Audrey Matura also questions why known gang affiliates from within the emergency zones have not been picked up even though their whereabouts are known to the police.

 

Audrey Matura, Attorney

“If you’ve been caught in a area that is not the emergency zone, but they believe that you are from that area, they can pick you up and lock you up and apply the same rules. That’s’ extending beyond what the constitution allowed. So my position, if that came about the seventh, anybody picked up by the fourth, before it came into law cannot be applied because you cannot make it retroactive. And people have been picked up under that provision that do not live in that area and that needs to be questioned.  We’ve gotten reports and I will not call names because I want to confirm. But there are three known guys who are always making the news with shootings and gang related activities and drug trafficking and they either always get off or on bail. Well, they are known to be in one of the emergency zone areas, but they’ve got free passage to one of the districts where they are hiding out and the evidence that is coming to us is that a high ranking officer who is involved with the state of emergency is having a sexual relationship with a relative of theirs. That is how far it is going and people on the street will either make up things or they will have proof. Now, we’ve been able to track down and know that they are in a certain district and indeed I have known the persons through the news and I am wondering how come certain people are getting special favours when people, there are at least two cases I know where the address of the two young men are not in those areas; they don’t even live in those areas, but yet the police have brought them in claiming that we could. No you can’t.”

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A Political Mastermind is Remembered by His Understudies http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172079 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172079#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 02:20:11 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172079

Dean Russel Lindo

Preparations are underway for the funeral services of Dean Russel Lindo, who we are told will be offered a state funeral, due to his prominence in political life beginning in 1964.  He is to be eulogized by a close friend and another powerhouse in the United Democratic Party, Michael Finnegan.  Lindo passed away on Monday afternoon after ailing for some time. Messages of condolences have been flowing to honour the deceased first leader of the U.D.P., a party which evolved from the National Independence Party.  He retired after twice winning and twice losing the Fort George Division against sitting area rep, Said Musa.  Lindo served in cabinet as Minister of Natural Resources and was also named ambassador to the United States. After retiring from active politics, he practiced law.  Tonight, News Five’s Isani Cayetano looks at the legacy of Dean Lindo.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The profound impact of Dean Lindo on the United Democratic Party, as foremost leader and chief political strategist, is still felt across the organization decades after he rose to prominence in the late sixties.  Career politician and fellow U.D.P. stalwart Michael Finnegan came up under Lindo’s tutelage.

 

Michael Finnegan

Michael Finnegan, U.D.P. Politician

“I give most of my success, if not all my success to Dean Lindo.  Everything that I have done in my life I have learned from Dean Lindo.  Oh yes, I have improved on what he taught me, but everything was from Dean Russell Lindo.  My first campaign was with Colvin Young in 1965.  I campaigned for Colvin Young in 1965.  He is alive and he is living proof to that.  My second campaign was with Dean Lindo in 1969 and brother; I will repeat again, the P.U.P. was not easy to beat.  The P.U.P., this entire country was P.U.P.   The people in Belize believed in George Price and believed in the P.U.P.”

 

Despite the overwhelming support for the People’s United Party at the time, Lindo and the fledging political movement to which he belonged held true to his ideals and philosophy.

 

Dean Lindo, First Party Leader, U.D.P.

“I thought that George Price didn’t strike me as being sincere, whereas Goldson struck me as a sincere man and as I said, he went through a hard time and he was always fighting.  He was alone in the National Assembly.  He was later election joined by Edwin Murray from Monkey River, but it was, well to me they struck me as being more sincere, more concerned about people and their problems that the people were facing at the time.”

 

Also owing her knowledge and fervor for politics to Lindo is former Collet U.D.P. Area Representative Faith Babb.  She was the first woman to be elected to the House of Representatives by the United Democratic Party.

 

Faith Babb

Faith Babb, Former Collet Area Representative

“I met Mr. Lindo at Ken Tillett’s house.  He lived on the same street that we lived on, Richard Street, and he was about at the time to form the PDM, the People’s Democratic Movement and I was interested because at the time you were having UBAD and other organizations that were political, but it wasn’t something that we could join because they were all grown people, right.  So being an enable were would have been just okay for me.  So because of the relationship with Ken Tillett and Mr. Lindo, they started having meetings at his house, so then I use to go across to the Tilletts and be a part of the meeting and when I found what was taking place I wanted to be involved.”

 

But being involved, as a member of the up and coming U.D.P., was often challenging.  Lindo speaks of the difficulties faced under his political opponents.

 

Dean Lindo

“George Price, he was a rough customer.  In fact, his whole philosophy was, I shall reward my friends and punish the enemy and he lived up to that, believe me.  So there was a time when NIP, we had to go out of town, they banned us from having meetings in the city and we had to go out of town by Cemetery out there to have meetings.  In fact, they attacked people, the supporters attacked, they actually attacked Ken Tillett, Finnegan and them when they went into the, at the time it was Collet Division.  They literally attacked them.”

 

Finnegan also recalls those days and the fact that there were defectors in the National Independence Party.

 

Michael Finnegan

“People who were in our party switched from our party and joined the People’s United Party because they wanted to win.  Did you know the then Deputy Prime Minister, or the first Deputy Prime Minister Lindy Rogers was a founder of the National Independence Party with Philip Goldson.”

 

Reporter

“I didn’t know that.”

 

Michael Finnegan

“Yes, he switched from the National Independence Party to join George Price and the P.U.P.”

 

Reporter

“Opposite of Goldson who left George Price and the P.U.P. to form NIP.”

 

Michael Finnegan

“Exactly.”

 

Lindo, in his own words during his final interview last month, shared how the United Democratic Party was formed.

 

Dean Lindo

“By this time I wasn’t NIP, I was PDM.  Well we decided eventually that it didn’t make sense to be fighting separately.  We better join forces because it was divide and conquer so that they could split up the three parties.  So then we joined NIP and PDM joined, then eventually the liberals joined us and that was how we formed the U.D.P.”

 

Babb’s foray into politics is also attributed to Dean Lindo, whom she says taught her and others how to be confident in the political arena

 

Faith Babb

“He taught us how to be fearless, don’t be afraid once you know that you are doing the right thing and you believe it from within, stand up and put up a fight for what you want.  And with that I was able to understand that it will take a lot out of you, you will have to be strong and I never hesitated to attempt to do the things that I knew are right.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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Lindo Versus Musa: A Political Rivalry for the History Books http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172077 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172077#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 02:15:17 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172077 The political rivalry between Dean Lindo and Said Musa is one for the history books.  Coming from a student of the former and a close friend of the latter, Mesopotamia Area Representative Michael Finnegan says that Lindo is virtually unrivaled as a political mastermind.  The only other politician who comes closest to him in astuteness is Fort George Area Representative and two-time prime minister Said Musa.  Finnegan says that the competitiveness between the two titans was great for the development of party politics in the country.

 

Michael Finnegan

Michael Finnegan, U.D.P. Politician

“In my political life, I think they were the greatest.  I noh care weh nobody seh bout Said Musa, and this interview is not about Said Musa, this interview is about Dean Lindo.  But the closest thing to Dean Lindo, as far as I am concerned, is Said Musa.  Who noh like it, noh like it, but I’ve got to be truthful and you know I am old now, I am retiring.  I could talk from mi heart, I could mek everybody know and di nation know how I feel about things and that rivalry was a great rivalry because it was a rivalry between two political giants.”

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Trio Charged for Home Invasion at Fantaxia Restaurant http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172071 http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/172071#comments Wed, 19 Sep 2018 01:49:56 +0000 gbtv http://edition.channel5belize.com/?p=172071 A trio busted by the police soon after a robbery at Fantaxia Restaurant on Queen Charlotte Street, Belize City has been charged with aggravated burglary and possession of an unlicensed firearm.    The men: twenty-three-year-old Trevor Guy, twenty-four-year-old Tyron Guy, and twenty-three-year-old Leon Westby where nabbed by the cops on Sunday and today they were jointly charged with the crime of Aggravated Burglary, Kept Firearm without a Gun License and Kept Ammunition without a Gun License. Tyron Guy was additionally charged with a second count of Kept Firearm without a Gun License.  The trio was found with a nine millimetre pistol, a point three-eighty special revolver as well as masks and cash stolen from the restaurant.  The three tied up an elderly woman and two other persons inside the popular establishment.  The proprietor, forty-three-year-old Zhong Qiang Zhu heard the commotion and alerted the cops. A police patrol in the area moved swiftly to capture the men who entered the building through a back door.

 

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