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Jul 19, 2018

Marconi Leal Versus Edmund ‘Clear the Land’ Castro

Marconi Leal

An old charge that did not go to trial has come back to haunt a political aspirant in the Belize Rural North constituency.   Marconi Leal is a retired teacher and Principal and currently the village chairman of Sand Hill. He is running for the People’s United Party against Area Representative Edmund Castro in the sprawling division.  But last week, after repeated threats, Leal says that the government’s mouthpiece revived a claim made against him about thirty years ago.  According to Leal, the case never made it to the court, there is no conviction, but his opponent has dug up the matter out of malice. 


Marconi Leal, P.U.P. Standard Bearer, Belize Rural North

“Some thirty years ago, I was falsely accused of rape. I wish that had never happened in my life, but such is life. I was accused and had to go to court. I was suspended. It was all false allegations. I was teaching at that time and I was suspended for seven months from teaching because of attending court. The court case went on but because of the false allegation it was thrown out at the preliminary inquiry because there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prosecute me; it was all false. So I don’t know why this is coming up right now. I am surprised that something like this is coming at me; simply because I believe it is politics.  I know it is part of the game, so I am not worried. I know my political opponent is worried and so for me, I am not worried. I know my innocence and what is important to me right now is I know, God knows, that I am innocent. You know they say the first laugh isn’t the best laugh; it’s the last laugh that is the best laugh.”

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