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Aug 11, 2016

Mason’s Attorney A No-show in Belmopan Court

Chester Williams

As we said, the Friesens have once again returned to Canada because of the ordeal they endured during their kidnapping.  We asked court prosecutor Chester Williams if their absence from the jurisdiction will affect the case.


On the Phone: ACP Chester Williams, Prosecutor

“Well the Friessens have not indicated to the police that they do not intend to return to Belize for this matter. They have left the country yes, but we are hoping that whenever the matter is brought up in court for trial; that they will be able to come, attend the trial and we will be able to proceed with this matter in a court of law. I don’t want Mister Panton or anyone for that matter believe that we are trying anything through the backdoor. I personally as an officer of the court believe in doing things rightly and hence I took the time to call him to see where he was. The last time when Mister Rhaburn was arraigned, he made submissions before the court and his submissions were upheld by the magistrate. So I went this morning to Belmopan to rebut those submissions because I believe, from a legal perspective, his submission are not submissions that should have been viewed at that particular juncture of the matter, the arraignment. They were not dealing then with the adjudication of the matter. It is when all the evidence should be flushed out before the court and the court will decide based on those evidence. But at arraignment it is not a place where you flush out all the evidence in the case. You just basically need to show through the fact sheet that the evidence for the offense for which the accused persons are charged with are…. The magistrate is not there to hear or to determine if there is a prema facie case. That is not the purpose of an arraignment. I was prepared to have those legal arguments before the magistrate in Belmopan. But he did not show up and I must say that the arraignment was dealt with easily.”


According to attorney Herbert Panton, he visited Mason at the Belize Central Prison on Wednesday and neither of them were reportedly aware that Mason would be transported to Belmopan this morning to face additional charges.

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1 Response for “Mason’s Attorney A No-show in Belmopan Court”

  1. Rufus Caye says:

    It seems that we finally have a very competent and qualified Procecutor to put up a decent fight in the court room against high paid attorneys. Belize also seems to be moving to an effective independent judiciary. The world is watching.

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