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Jul 10, 2019

Senator Salazar Denies Allegations Made by F.T.C.

Aldo Salazar

U.D.P. Senator Aldo Salazar is also named in the claim. It says that Salazar, who represented A.I.B.L., allegedly “facilitated the fraud by helping the developer wrongfully seize Sanctuary Belize lots from American victims.” The claim says that Senator Salazar accompanied A.I.B.L. C.E.O. Pelayo and bank manager, Charles Ellis, to Pukke’s California telemarketing headquarters. The documents allege that Salazar knew about Pukke’s involvement. It goes further to state that in July 2016, at a meeting on South Water Caye in Belize, Luke Chadwick reportedly told Salazar that Pukke controlled the entire Sanctuary Belize operation.  But today Prime Minister Dean Barrow did not defend Salazar, saying that he is not a member of the executive.


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“I noticed that you responded to the allegations one by one but I think I heard about Senator Salazar.”


Dean Barrow

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Well, no because I think Senator Salazar can handle himself and Senator is not a member of the executive. I responded to the allegations that talk about members to the executive. He is a senator but not a minister. Again, he, is it no secret, was a lawyer for Atlantic International Bank Limited and I am sure he will tell you that he did nothing wrong in the discharge of his duty. You need to talk to him personally but that is the thing; he is not a member of the executive. Being a senator doesn’t make you a minister. There are senators who are ministers. He is not so I will not feel that I needed to deal with those particular allegations.”


Salazar reached out to News Five and confirmed that he did travel to California in 2014 as A.I.B.L.’s attorney. He says that nothing about Sanctuary Bay was discussed and does not know if the location where the meeting occurred was Pukke’s Headquarters. He also confirmed that a meeting in South Water Caye did happen. He confirmed that he did meet Luke Chadwick; however, he says that Chadwick did not inform him of Pukke. In fact, Salazar told News Five that he has never met Pukke in his life.

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