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Dec 3, 2019

Minister John Saldivar Issues Statement on Mason Trial Verdict

Following the verdict by Justice Moore, the Minister of National Security, John Saldivar, issued a rare statement. During the trial, a US federal agent who was stationed at the US embassy at the time of the murder, was contacted by Mason who said that he was being framed by Saldivar. That testimony was presented to the court in form of a written statement.  While that did not go far, what is documented is that Mason had invested in the Bandits Football Club which is owned by the Minister. Saldivar’s statement reads, (Quote) “I want to first thank the Almighty for working through his instruments here on earth to secure this clear and resounding victory for the Lucas family and all the friends of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas. Justice has been served. I also want to thank the Director of Public Prosecution and her staff, the investigators of the Police Department, the Scenes of Crimes Technicians, the witnesses, and all who played a part in securing this guilty verdict. The perpetrators of this heinous crime have been brought to justice. Though the verdict cannot bring back Llewellyn, it is my hope that the family can find some solace in this triumph of our justice system. Let us now work on the way forward to making our country more secure and prosperous.” (Unquote) In early November, when his name was called out in trial, Saldivar brushed it aside. This is what he said at the time:

 

John Saldivar

John Saldivar, Minister of National Security [File: November 4th, 2019]

“I think that narrative has already been done and spent. The entire trial took place except for a very last moment hearsay that mentioned my name. Absolutely no evidence was brought out in trial against me. That is where I stand. There is nothing more to say on that issue. The Belizean people have spoken and will speak because I don’t think in any country or in any democracy you can be guilty of something that someone that you know has done some crime that he has done. I know the Belizean people are very fair and including my colleagues who have been very fair about this issue.”


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