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Apr 23, 2015

Nasley Somerville Plans to Appeal Dismissal

Former administrator of the Southern Regional Hospital, Nasley Somerville, has been dismissed from the public service after a year of administrative leave.  Somerville was suspended from her post in October 2013 when it was discovered that over three hundred and sixty thousand dollars had been siphoned from the hospital’s account during a three-year period.  Her dismissal was confirmed on Monday when she received a letter from the Public Service Commission informing of its decision.  That conclusion doesn’t sit well with Somerville who has instructed attorney Andrew Bennett to file an appeal with the Belize Advisory Counsel.  This morning, Bennett told News Five that there are several bases for appealing the decision.


Andrew Bennett, Attorney for Nasley Somerville

“I met with Nasley yesterday and she gave me a copy of the decision that the Public Services Commission arrived at.  That decision indicated that they found her guilty of misconduct and that she is dismissed from the public service.”


Andrew Bennett

Isani Cayetano

“Now, I understand that she is appealing the decision.  Can you go into some detail with regards to what’s to happen next involving this process?”


Andrew Bennett

“She has twenty-one days to present and appeal to the Belize Advisory Counsel.  I have received instructions that we will appeal so I am in the process of formulating the grounds of appeal to the Belize Advisory Council.  What we can say right now is that the Public Services Commission or certain things that were in the decision, we were dissatisfied with and we will be addressing those things.  One that really jumps out is that the decision was based largely on the Auditor General’s Report and the Auditor General’s Report only established that some fraud took place within the public service, within the Ministry of Health.  But what we felt was necessary was for the Ministry of Health to call additional evidence to ground, one: that in respect in respect of any signature or handwriting, that some evidence be called or brought before the Public Services Commission to establish that that was on a balance of probabilities.  Nasley’s signature or handwriting.  We think that in respect of the bank, that the Ministry of Health ought to have called individuals to say that Nasley presented these documents to them.  We think that, and it is our view that the Ministry of Health ought to have called individuals from the private organizations to establish that Nasley presented certain documents to them to bring their case together.  But that wasn’t done.”


Notwithstanding Somerville’s termination, criminal charges, if any, are yet to be levied.

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1 Response for “Nasley Somerville Plans to Appeal Dismissal”

  1. Timber says:

    Why was she only dismissed and not charged with theft of public funds and fraud? Is it because she would implicate other UDP cronies?

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