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Jun 22, 2017

Castro Brothers Off the Hook; P.M. Says it’s a Family Matter

Wasani & Jafari Castro

Brothers Wasani and Jafari Castro made headlines on Monday when it was reported that the siblings were arrested last Friday in connection with several traffic offenses, as well as a sizeable haul of contraband beer.  The brothers, both sons of Transport Minister Edmond ‘Clear the Land’ Castro, who is also the Belize Rural North Area Representative, were detained at the start of the weekend after being busted in Belize City for driving an unlicensed pickup truck.  As if that weren’t bad enough, the vehicle they were both reportedly traveling in was later found to have been transporting as many as eighty-nine cases of Mexican beer.  The incident and the fact that the brothers were never charged for any traffic violation, resulted in ACP Chester Williams being soundly criticized for his position on the matter.  In fact, the manner in which the issue was dealt with has led many to believe that the Brothers Castro received preferential treatment at the hands of the Belize Police Department.  This afternoon, we asked PM Barrow for a comment on the matter.


Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I don’t see how this is in anywise a political matter.  Minister Castro’s sons were not involved in any incidents that had to do with any abuse of government property, any purloining of government resources.  And I saw the ages of the two young men, these are adults.  I don’t see that Minister Castro can be expected to answer for the behavior of his adult children and that’s where I would leave it.  I know that, in fact, he certainly clearly would rather that these incidents had not happened, but how he treats with that is a family matter and I don’t think that it is my place to get into that at all, at all.”


Isani Cayetano

“And about the aspect of perhaps the fact that they got the ministerial good treatment, so to speak, insofar as the way the police department dealt with the issue?”


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Well, I don’t know enough to speak authoritatively on that, I saw what ACP Williams said.  I saw what Herbert Panton said and he seemed to be making a lot of sense when he was talking about the difference between a charge sheet and a court book and making the case that charges were never laid.  My limited understanding which says that the police involved may have acted with more force in the circumstances than was required.  If that is so and as a consequence the officers involved or the particular officer who was going to do the charging decided that let’s work this out, I won’t charge and in turn these people won’t sue me or the department or government for any kind of abuse.  I think that’s all to the good.  Again, it wasn’t as though the young men were involved in the commission of some absolutely serious crime.  An unfortunate incident, an unfortunate set of circumstances, but if they worked it out then I think that’s fine.”

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1 Response for “Castro Brothers Off the Hook; P.M. Says it’s a Family Matter”

  1. Mike G says:

    Now if that sound like a cover up . . . what does? Disgusting!

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