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Sep 16, 2019

Reynaldo Verde Remains in Detention in the U.S.A.

Reynaldo Verde

Deputy Director of the Belize Tax Service Department forty-six-year-old Reynaldo Verde remains locked up in the U.S.A. after he was nabbed by the feds for allegations of extortion and attempted extortion. Verde was detained by U.S. authorities on Saturday, September seventh while he was making his way through the States to Belize, after attending a work-related workshop in Brussels but he is being transferred to Florida for trial. Not many details are known about the complaint which was filed by a U.S. citizen who is accusing Verde of extortion concerning a real estate development in the north. Leader of the Opposition, John Briceño says the government has the responsibility to look into the matter.

 

John Briceño

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“It is unfortunate that the government has chosen to remain quiet. The family members have spoken to me and they are very concern that the government is refusing to do anything. I think we need to start from the premise that you are innocent until proven guilty. We don’t know what happened in the United States. I certainly don’t know what happened in the United States. But I believe that our government, any government should also be at all times looking out for their citizens. If one of their citizens is in alleged problems in the United States then I think it is the responsibility of the government to a least find out what is going on. Maybe they can’t do anything but at the very least find out what is going on and then maybe report back what is going on with the family. This present government needs to understand that this is a public officer; one of their employees. If they are going to turn their back on them then I mean what is it that they are going to do to the rest of us. So we don’t know enough so I can’t comment. But we need to start on the principal that you are innocent until proven guilty and that I believe that the government needs to do more, at the very least to find out what is going on and keep the family informed.”

 

A government press release says that Verde’s employment status will be put before the Public Services Commission for consideration and decision.


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