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May 12, 2015

Belizean Ambassador Protests Search of His Residence Amid Guatemalan Vice President’s Resignation

Roxana Baldetti

Guatemalan Vice President Roxana Baldetti resigned last Friday amid a tidal wave of corruption charges.  For weeks, Guatemalans have been demanding that Baldetti step down after being exposed for her role in a massive customs fraud and bribery scheme.  But what does her resignation have to do with a recent attempt by Guatemalan security forces to search the residence of Ambassador Alexis Rosado?  That’s the question we posed to Foreign Affairs Minister Wilfred Elrington earlier today.  He says that it is strongly believed that Baldetti is the true owner of the property which is being held by a now defunct company.  Despite that disclosure, Rosado has mounted a protest citing the Vienna Convention as the reason for authorities not to search his residence since it should be afforded diplomatic immunity.


Wilfred "Sedi" Elrington

Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“I received word; actually I have been to that residence.  I think a month or two ago, I went there for the first time and it was spacious and a nice building for the residence of the ambassador.  And when I went there we did discuss the question of the ownership of it, whom he was renting it from and at that time he informed me that in fact he had been informed me that it belonged to a company that ceased to do business, for one reason or the other, in Guatemala.  The company had built the building as residence for its employees and then the company went out of business and they needed to rent it and it was shown to him and of all the premises that he looked at that was perhaps the most suitable for his purposes.  And it was also the most suitable given the budget that we have which is of course limited.  We don’t have large budgets for these things like other countries, so he could afford that building.  But, perhaps three or four days ago I got an email from him in which he indicated among other things that he was being informed that the vice president was supposed to be the beneficial owner of it.  You know, a beneficial owner is really a legal term which means that you are the final owner.  Although it may not be in your name, it might be in the name of a company but you own all the shares in the company.  So you would be the beneficial owner of it.  That is the suggestion that in fact she may well be the beneficial owner of it and that the security forces in Guatemala, or the section of the forces that deals with crime and investigation wanted to search the premises and that he was launching a protest because under the Vienna Convention the residence of the diplomat should have some degree of diplomatic immunity.”

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1 Response for “Belizean Ambassador Protests Search of His Residence Amid Guatemalan Vice President’s Resignation”

  1. Ali BaBarrow says:

    Does not matter, when the Department of Belice is finalized won’t need embassies.

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