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May 21, 2019

Senator Aldo Salazar Says Questioning in the U.S. was ‘Routine Customs Issue’

Aldo Salazar

U.D.P. Senator Aldo Salazar broke his silence today, following the sitting of the Senate. Senator Salazar took questions from the media regarding his brief questioning in the US by immigration officers. He was the lawyer for Atlantic International Bank Limited which has been named in a civil suit in the US related to the Sanctuary Bay real estate scam: described as the biggest real estate scam in U.S. history. The scam was orchestrated by Andres Pukke and his associates who reportedly jilted U.S. investors of more than a hundred million dollars after convincing them to buy lush properties in Southern Belize. Salazar was stopped while he was transiting the U.S., en route to Belize. The senator today confirmed that he was indeed questioned in the U.S. during a “routine customs issue.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Sir were you questioned by US authorities?”

 

Aldo Salazar, Attorney

“I was not questioned by FTC.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Any US authority?”

 

Aldo Salazar

“That is where I will put it. Listen, this was a routine customs issue and I do not want to comment further on that because it has definitely been blown out of proportion. I think Senate President, Mr. Chang gave a give interview. He sought of lamented about the way we sensationalize things in Belize and I don’t want to give any more credence to that. I was never questioned by the FTC in the United States.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“By US authorities however.”

 

Aldo Salazar

“It was an immigration and customs issue. That was it, as far as I am aware.”

 

Reporter

“Are you reluctant to fly to the United States? You they always say that they got you on the watch list. Is that the case?”

 

Aldo Salazar

“I don’t think I would be on any watch list. As I said, my involvement with AIBL was as their attorney. If there is anybody who is saying that I benefited from any dissipation of funds or participated in any fraud to the extent that I benefited from fraud or that I was knowingly involved in any fraud that is defamatory.”


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