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Oct 21, 2019

U.S. Federal Agent Testifies in Writing in Mason Murder Trial

Norman Rodriguez

Last Tuesday, following several weeks of cooperating closely with the U.S. State Department in Washington, the Belmopan Supreme Court received a written witness testimony from a U.S. Federal Agent who was involved with the investigation of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas.  In the account, the witness testified that on July seventeenth, 2016, Acting Commissioner of Police Russell Blackett sought his professional assistance to interview American national David Dodd.  This was in respect of a kidnapping and murder investigation.  Elsewhere in the testimony, the agent went on to state that William Mason, who was in police custody for the beheading of Pastor Lucas, requested an audience with someone from the United States Embassy.  While the agent agreed to meet with Mason, there were concerns about Mason’s identity.  During the meeting, Mason reportedly informed that his real name was Rajesh Ouelette and that he was born in Guyana.  The testimony continued with Mason informing the agent that he was in fear of his life and that he was being framed by Minister of National Security John Saldivar for Lucas’ murder.  While Mason sought assurance for his safety, the agent reportedly advised that he should seek legal representation and get in touch with the Guyanese consulate in Belize.  Following today’s hearing, attorney Norman Rodriguez also provided an update on the court proceedings.

 

Norman Rodriguez, Attorney-at-law

“All defense counsels or the defendants have closed the cases, so we’re going into the closing submissions now.  The fifth defendant closed his case this morning by getting in the statement with certain amendments from the last witness or the only witness it had called and there were discussions with that and it ended up that with a few amendments they accepted that.  Secondly, the issue of the pictures that some defense counsels wanted to get in, the court had declared that firstly, the DVD or CD with the pictures had to go in full.  But eventually it allowed the counsels, the crown and the defense counsels to come together and look at what pictures were irrelevant.  Those are being removed and the new DVD and CDs will be returned tomorrow morning, so we have adjourned until ten in the morning at which time the case will continue into its closing, the final stages.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, what do you, if you would hazard a comment, what do you make of the statement from the witness for the fifth defendant?  Does it help or hurt his case?”

 

Norman Rodriguez

“Well it was the fifth defendant who asked for this to be tendered or to be presented to the court.  So naturally, with those good counsels, those very learned counsels it will be beneficial to them.”


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