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Feb 4, 2020

Faber Takes on Lev Dermen Allegations

As the Lev Dermen trial continues in Utah, on the home front, the effects of the scandal is rippling across all strata of Belizean society, rocking the United Democratic Party and the government, which is under fire for having advocated for a diplomatic post for the incarcerated businessman.  Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber has finally weighed in on the debacle which stands to impact the U.D.P.’s chances of winning a fourth consecutive term of office.  Faber told the media today that he only met Dermen in passing and reiterated that he never received any campaign finances or bribes from the alleged Armenian/American fraudster.

 

Reporter

“What did your government see in Lev Dermen, what would he have been able to offer your government that your government felt that he could have been given a diplomatic position in the United States?”

 

Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister

“Honestly, I don’t know.  I don’t have that kind of information or knowledge about what kind of business he was engaged in at all.  I was not a part of making a recommendation for him to be not an ambassador or an honorary consul.  I don’t know of that business until it was made public that this was the case and that in fact when the prime minister asked, you know that I was not in cabinet, I was attending the inauguration of the new Guatemalan president.  So I did not learn of any minister’s involvement in terms of making a recommendation about that until afterwards.  So I cannot say that I know of any value or what characteristics or traits or what resources or whatever he would have brought to the table in order for us to consider him favorably.  That is not something that I would know. I said to you loud and clear, again, I repeated that I have never received, I think that’s the way I put it, not even twenty-five cents, much less twenty-five thousand [dollars] monthly or any other.  You’re right, not from him or from any associate, so no, I can tell you that categorically, in the same manner in which I can tell you about the Danny Mason issue.  I’ve never received monies from them, nor have I ever received those large sums of money from any donor politically.  That leads me to other issues of course, of campaign finance reform which I think is very important.  I’ve seen where these issues can really cripple us and I put that on the record that I am all for campaign finance reform.  As it relates to my knowing him, yes I knew him, as is the case, and I only met him in passing, not a single conversation, not a kind of communication regularly, certainly no text messages as I saw the Associated Belize Press generate an entire document to say that the text messages were actually between Kingston and me.  That is absolutely fabricated.”


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