Belize - Belize News - - Great Belize Productions - Belize Breaking News
Home » Featured, Trials » Channel 5 & Alvarene Burgess Vindicated
Jul 3, 2015

Channel 5 & Alvarene Burgess Vindicated

Alvarene Burgess made two appearances on Channel Five – an interview played in the news and an appearance on the Dickie Bradley talk-show. During those appearances she described in explicit detail her visits to Minister Castro’s office on the occasions she would deliver cash to him – two thousand for each visa application he facilitated. The allegation was a serious one – accusing a sitting Minister of criminal wrongdoing and corruption of the highest order. Today Bradley was on hand when Castro withdrew his claim, and told News Five that even in the early days, Alvarene Burgess stood strong and stuck to her story.


Dickie Bradley

Dickie Bradley, Attorney

“This is a Minister of Government who you are saying – you have no reputation, you know. You have done wrong things and I gave you money for visas and so on and so forth. And she said I am prepared to stand up for what I know is the truth. When finally it came down to that she received documents that she is being sued. To libel a Minister of Government is a serious matter…you’ll pay thirty, forty, fifty thousand dollars. He’s a Minister now in government where he’s sworn to do certain things, where he must abide by certain standards…where like Caesar’s wife he is to be above reproach. And this lady from Dangriga, from Stann Creek was not intimidated. She did not say oh mek we see if we could work out something. She noh bring Mr. Castro da Court yu know. Mr. Castro bring she da Court de seh you seh things which are not true, and I will tell the judge that you said things which are not true so the judge could punish you. And now that the trial is ninety-five percent over, who withdraw what? Mrs. Burgess noh withdraw nothing. All the evidence is in yu know. All the evidence is in. The conduct and the behaviour or the person who brought Ms. Burgess to Court is something…we would have wanted to see that judgment. There’s no getting out of that. Soh noh mek nobody spin this thing.”


Godfrey Smith

Godfrey Smith, Attorney for Great Belize Productions

“Both Channel Five and Alvarene Burgess have been totally vindicated.  We are disappointed that the general public, Mr. Castro’s constituencies will not have the pleasure of reading about in the judgment what an awful liar he has been and how he corruptly allowed his office to be used for purposes that were improper. We will be deprived of that judgment, but clearly I think it is vindication enough for both Channel Five and all media houses in Belize. I think that Alvarene Burgess should be congratulated for boldly stepping forward as a whistle-blower. From the very beginning she was insistent that she was speaking the truth…that she knew what she was talking about.”

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

Advertise Here

1 Response for “Channel 5 & Alvarene Burgess Vindicated”

  1. Rod says:

    Now sue Castro and the Belize gov for defamation of character sue them for 500 million don’t let Castro and his thieving gov get away with it damm belizeans now I see the true colors of all belizeans and it’s the color yellow.

Leave a Reply