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May 14, 2015

Clear the Land Versus Alvarene Burgess Commences in Supreme Court

Edmond Castro

In 2013, Minister of State Edmond Castro was accused of large scale and lucrative facilitation of visas for Chinese nationals. The person making those accusations was Alvarene Burgess, who alleged that she delivered money to Castro on many occasions in return for his signing recommendations stating he knew the persons he was supporting for visas. It was the first time that any persons had come forward publicly on the issue of any purported visa hustle. Castro filed suit for defamation against Burgess and Great Belize Productions which aired the story, and after months of case management the trial began today before Justice Courtney Abel. Castro, the claimant, took the witness stand just before ten and was grilled mercilessly for more than four hours by attorneys Godfrey Smith and Anthony Sylvestre.


Godfrey Smith

Godfrey Smith, Attorney for Great Belize Productions

“The thrust of the cross-examination was to do several things – to establish that the Minister was aware of how he ought to comport himself in relation to code of ethics. The thrust of the cross-examination was also directed to establishing that the Minister had a reputation for being involved in questionable acts before…notably one that led to him being fired from Cabinet. The thrust of the cross-examination was directed to establishing that after he thought about it, he realized that his actions, that of his office, what he was lending his office to, could amount to a visa hustle. He accepted that he had done visa recommendations for Asian nationals on more than one occasion…for people who he had no knowledge of who they were, and why they wanted to come to Belize and what they wanted the Visas for. So like I said, the only thing he refused to accept was that he had taken money for this and obviously he couldn’t very well accept that.”


Rodwell Williams

Rodwell Williams, Attorney for Edmond Castro

“What was sought to be done was to put in issue the victim’s credibility. That’s the approach in examination, but let me say this if I can say anything further. Every one of God’s children does have a reputation – the good one, the bad one, the ugly one, the pretty one – they do have a reputation that is capable of being harmed and injured. Every one of God’s children does have a reputation. Even if you say bad child of God, they do have a reputation that is capable of being harmed.”

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3 Responses for “Clear the Land Versus Alvarene Burgess Commences in Supreme Court”

  1. Al says:

    Where is the ethics, this man is being represented by the Prime Minister’s law firm. The people of the country sees nothing wrong with that. How much more corrupt can this country become.

  2. Hon Marin says:

    Stopping using God’s name in vain you Williams!!!!!!!!! The man is corrupt! Stop Defend him!!!

  3. CEO says:

    Williams this case is not about all of God’s children it is only about this one of God’s children, this wicked one; Edmond Castro.

    So please save your grand standing and poetic crap for when you get a chance to preach.

    You too are one of the wicked ones! Did you leave that lady alone that allowed you father to live on the corner of her property that you were sewing?

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