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Nov 12, 2019

Trial of Police Assc. Prez Vs ComPol Chester William to Proceed

Almost nine months after a lawsuit was filed by Corporal Eldon Arzu, the President of the Police Association, against the Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, the case has still not proceeded to trial. This is because Arzu’s first attorney did not comply with certain instructions given by the court. Today, the case came up again before Justice Shona Griffith.  Arzu has, however, changed attorney and is now being represented by Nazira Myles.  Myles made an application for relief from sanctions and an extension of time to file more evidence. Justice Griffith stated that while she is not blaming the present attorney for the actions of the former attorney, she is refusing the application for relief of sanctions to be allowed to file more affidavits.  However, the trial will still be allowed to proceed. After court, Myles spoke to the media about what transpired.

 

Nazira Myles

Nazira Myles, Attorney for Claimant

“The trial date had to be vacated from July. There were certain orders the court made that were not complied with. There was an application made for relief and to be able to file those or comply with those orders. Today the application was not granted, but the claim will still proceed because we do have the affidavit of the claimant before the court. So what will take place next is the trial.”

 

Reporter

“Do you think the fact that you will no longer be able to file the three out of four affidavit—I think if not all four of them—that that will materially affect your client’s case?”

 

Nazira Myles

“I don’t believe so, to a large extent, because we do have his affidavit in place which presents to the court the base of our evidence. Additionally, there is always room for cross-examination of those witnesses so I’ll have the opportunity to clarify or put to them whatever evidence I wish.”

 

The case was adjourned to February eleventh, 2020. On January sixteenth, 2019, Chester Williams became the Commissioner of Police.  Williams took the helm of the police department amid alleged corrupt and he was determined to get the department in order. As a result, Williams took steps to make several changes within the department. One such change was to put a two-year limit on the term an officer can serve as the president of the Belize Police Association.


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