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Apr 7, 2017

Why Joel Nagel Was Tossed Out of Austria by Government

Joel Nagel

Joel Nagel continues tonight as Ambassador of Belize to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and the International Atomic Energy Agency.  The U.S. attorney was accredited to Austria and several other European countries, but was cancelled by the Government of Austria, a move that earned Belize a black eye in diplomatic circles.  The dismissal has raised eyebrows in Belize and today following a media appearance, Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington addressed the issue.  Belize has written to Austria asking the reason for the cancellation, but no formal communication has been received setting out the terms of the dismissal.  Ambassador Nagel, who has regularly spoken to Elrington since the dismissal, effectively puts it down to a smear campaign involving a former representative, and the indiscretion of appearing at a seminar run by a company in which Nagel had interest.  Elrington detailed the allegations as explained by the Ambassador.


Wilfred Elrington

Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“He had been called in by a lower-level functionary of the Foreign Ministry in Austria and asked to leave, because he was currently participating in a seminar in Austria which had been organized by a company he had some interest in, and they thought that that was inconsistent with his responsibility. We never thought that that was coming from the officials; we had thought that it was only an intervention by a lower-level functionary. We subsequently discovered that – this is information we are getting which is informal, really – that the person who he had replaced in Austria, a man named Pilefsky, who was there for years and was appointed under the People’s United Party government, had a wife who was working in Foreign Affairs, and they were in fact the Foreign Affairs information which was prejudicial to him, and it was based on that that he was asked to leave. He told me subsequently that he had a frank sit-down with them and he asked them, ‘Did I do anything wrong? Was I corrupt?’ and they said, no, it was nothing of that nature; but you were involved in private business promotion in Austria, and we don’t want to have that done, and that’s why he was asked to leave. But as far as I am aware, that does not affect his other postings, his other accreditations, as far as I am aware. I knew him personally here in Belize and I was the one who recommended him to the Prime Minister, because I was very impressed with the way he was promoting business in Belize, he had waves and waves of people coming in every year, several times of the year, encouraging them to invest in Belize.”

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2 Responses for “Why Joel Nagel Was Tossed Out of Austria by Government”

  1. youserious says:

    Hummmm and where the f/*$^@ are those investors that he encouraged? We in Belize are still messed up. Maybe they are squatting somewhere in Belize.

  2. islandguru says:

    Mr. Joel Nagel has a clean reputation in Ambergris Caye. He is a person of good character and a great businessman who means well for Belize. I do not work for Joel but have been indirectly doing business with his group of companies for many years in San Pedro. On the other hand, I have personally gotten to know Mr. Pilotsky many years ago and the few times I have met him and his wife, they have come across as extremely eccentric with grandiose development ideas that made no sense whatsoever. He went around Belize introducing himself as the Austrian Ambassador an expected everyone to bow down to him wanting everything for free. I wouldn’t doubt for one second that Mr. Pilotsky is the mastermind behind this mischief as Mr. Nagel believes.

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