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Jun 23, 2017

Rochelle Chan Remains Innocent; Police Promise to Act on Senate Inquiry Recommendations

Rochelle Chan

Assistant Superintendent Rochelle Chan testified before the Senate Special Select Committee last Wednesday, refuting allegations made concerning his purported role in the visa ring involving Alvarine Burgess.  Despite being able to repudiate those claims, the fact that a ranking officer is being called to question is somewhat of a black eye on the police department.  Earlier today, Commissioner Whylie was quizzed about Chan’s alleged conduct.  He maintains that Chan is innocent until proven guilty of any criminal wrongdoing.


Allen Whylie, Commissioner of Police

“I have heard of it and I will say that it would be improper and unprofessional of myself to comment in respect to that allegation.  The senate committee is ongoing and I’m certain that whenever they conclude their inquiry they will be writing their reports and making a number of recommendations for further action and so I would wait to see how that goes.”


Allen Whylie


“But sir, have you at least met with him or spoken with him regarding the allegations?  I mean it is your department and it does put somewhat of a black eye on the department which is your concern.”


Allen Whylie

“No.  I have not spoken with him.  As I said, it is an allegation.  All citizens of Belize are entitled to be presumed to be innocent until proven guilty.  He’s a police officer but he’s still entitled to the same rights as every other person, so I have not spoken to him on that.”



“Sir you’ve said that the senate [inquiry] will run its course and if whatever decisions the senators make in their reports, should they direct that criminal action be taken, is it a commitment from you that those will be carried through if the decision is made that criminal prosecution must be done or that further investigation is done?”


Allen Whylie

“Whatever the senate committee does or recommends I’m certain those recommendations will come to me because there is a process.  But whenever and if it reaches that stage I can assure you that we’ll do what we need to do.”

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2 Responses for “Rochelle Chan Remains Innocent; Police Promise to Act on Senate Inquiry Recommendations”

  1. carlos says:

    Lets see if this does not happen like the Penner case. And, by the way, is the Penner file still in Mr. Whylie,s office?

  2. Belizean pride says:

    Plus Penner is now involved in a traffic accident where a life was lost lets see what happens, not to talk bad bout the man but really he drives crazy two weeks ago he nearly run into my car in front of Orange Gallery going home in the evening in a black suburban overtaking us while a next vehicle is coming out of the small bridge I had to slow down or he might have rip off my front bumper.
    But lets see as always the dead man can defend himself. condolence to the family.

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