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May 15, 2015

Whistleblower Alvarene Burgess Takes Stand Against Clear the Land Castro

Today Minister Edmond Castro, who had occupied the hot-seat in Court all of Thursday smiled when whistle-blower Alvarene Burgess took the witness stand at ten to be cross-examined by attorney Rodwell Williams in Castro’s case against Burgess and this station. But he wasn’t smiling for long. Despite being grilled for three hours, and despite many suggestions that she was lying, Burgess did not once deviate from her sworn witness statement providing detailed information on how the visa recommendations were transacted. She repeated that at Castro’s request she provide him with two thousand dollars for each visa recommendation. Burgess maintained that, quote – “I handed Mr. Castro money on every occasion that I went to see him at his office,” end quote. As she had done when she went public, Burgess outlined the entire process for the Court, and ended her testimony with, quote – “the words that are coming out of my mouth, that I paid Minister Castro, are the truth.” The defence closed its case at just after four this evening and we spoke to all parties as they exited.


Alvarene Burgess, Whistle-Blower

Alvarene Burgess

“I believe that in life once you tell the truth there’s no going around, under or over it…the truth will always be the truth.”



“Ma’am it turns out to be your word against his. Do you believe that you’ve done a good job of explaining clearly what this was?”


Alvarene Burgess

“I believe I did a wonderful job and it’s for the Belizean public to see that we do have a corrupt Government.”



“Ma’am have you at any time regretted what you did…going public?”


Alvarene Burgess

“No. Never one minute!”


Anthony Sylvetre

Anthony Sylvestre, Attorney for Alvarene Burgess

“She was an excellent and extremely fantastic witness. I don’t think I have, in my short years of practice, seen a more fantastic witness. Questions were posed to her, she was grilled, and she remained firm as she was when she gave the first interview on the twenty-third of October and the interview on the twelfth of November. Anybody who was in Court can see firsthand how credible she was and even without the receipts her credibility was unshaken and she unquestionably is a witness to be believed over Hon. Edmond Castro.”

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2 Responses for “Whistleblower Alvarene Burgess Takes Stand Against Clear the Land Castro”

  1. Al says:

    Sad to say but this case will end in the same manner every other political case ends. Remember that Minister Castro is represented by the Prime Minister’s law firm. The reason these UDP ministers are comfortable in scamming the Belize people is because they have been given immunity by their leader. This country has a government who claims to be democratic but look closer people, you are in a dictatorship.Is this not the same man who was thinking with his zipper while on a diplomatic trip to Japan or some oriental country. No moral compass, this man is another uneducated, incompetent trying to make all the money he can before they are out of office.

    I am hoping that for once the people will get some satisfaction.

  2. CEO says:

    I wish there would be more who are willing to do what Ms. Burgess did the people would benefit much.

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