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Oct 8, 2014

Minister Saldivar Still Quiet on Compensation Quantum

Danny Conorquie

Earlier today when we caught up with the Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, he was drilled about compensation to the family of Danny Conorquie, who was killed two weeks ago at one of our most sacred Mayan sites, Caracol. Saldivar agreed that compensation should be paid but did not throw any light in respect of the amount to be paid. Here’s what he had to say.


Isani Cayetano

“A calculation has been made with regards to the compensation of the family of Danny Conorquie, four hundred thousand Belize dollars.  Can you state either your position or that of the ministry’s position with regards to this figure?”


John Saldivar, Minister of National Security

“We believe that the family should be compensated as far as our financial resources can allow.”



“Do you believe that the murder of Danny Conorquie could have been prevented?”


John Saldivar

John Saldivar

“Of course it could have been prevented but how you could have prevented it we have to look at all our systems.”



“Following the warning of the memo?”


John Saldivar

“Maybe you know more than I do but I don’t know about that at this point in time.”



“Sir, but at this time the family is upset that the responses that the ministry has given seems to skirt the fact that issues were raised and no one addressed it.”


John Saldivar

“I believe that I said in the National Assembly what we believed to have been the primary lapse in security that resulted from the fact that the vehicle that should have been escorting the tours had mechanical problems. That is as far as we have gone at this time.”

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