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May 23, 2017

Senate Committee to Visit Immigration Department in Belmopan

Aldo Salazar

The Senate Inquiry into the corruption at the Immigration Department resumes this Wednesday. At least two persons are scheduled to testify before the Senate Special Select Committee. Now, the Belize Passport Information System (BPIS) has been a center of inquiry throughout the public hearings of the Senate Special Select Committee. It is the system used to process passports and nationality certificates, and does hundreds, if not thousands of each, per month. But one particular entry in September of 2013 has thrown its integrity into question. The Committee’s chairman, Aldo Salazar, says he still cannot fathom how it is that a picture of a picture of Won Hong Kim, who was never in Belize, entered the system and was affixed to his fraudulent passport and fraudulent nationality certificate. For that reason, he told reporters last week, the Committee plans to visit the Immigration Department in Belmopan sometime in the near future, to see what it can see.


Aldo Salazar, Chair, Senate Special Select Committee

“I think that we have been hearing much about the system, and there’s no better information, really, that what you can get with hands-on information. So we want to see what we have been talking about all this while, in order to see what the system is, and probably interact with it; see how it’s done so we can get a full picture of how the passport process in conducted from start to finish.”



“Is there any aspect of it which is, in your mind, unclear, based on contradicting testimony you have heard over the series of testimony you have held so far?”


Aldo Salazar

“No part of the actual process is unclear to me; specifically, I’d want to see the data capture part of it – not that it is unclear; but I am still at a loss as to how that image could have gotten in there in such a short space of time; that is really what puzzles me. Not necessarily the system itself, but how that image got in there.”

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1 Response for “Senate Committee to Visit Immigration Department in Belmopan”

  1. Clue says:

    You’re just another part of the problem and another political flunky. If you had sincere interest in getting to the bottom of this , you’d know exactly what to do but, just like a multitude of others,, too busy trying to get your piece of the hustle by acting in favour of the ruling UDP THUGS AND THIEVES. As a former Computer Science major and programmer, you think it will be the same when you get there? You think you’d be able to tell that the system has since been changed and manipulated? A retired employee, Ms. Chavarrria, already told you exactly how it was done. Do you think she made that all up? I feel sooooo sorry for you ignorant , illiterate Cruffy. This “rag tag” crowd rules by fear and violence.

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