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Apr 1, 2020

Arthur Saldivar Criminally Charged for Firearm/Ammo Offences

Attorney Arthur Saldivar was released from detention today after he secured bail at the Magistrate Court. Saldivar is facing a slew of firearm and ammunition offenses following a police search at a house in Camalote, which he says is the home of the extended Saldivar family.  The attorney spent two nights in lockdown and he believes he has been targeted since the weekend when he made a Facebook post that did not sit well with authorities.  News Five’s Hipolito Novelo reports.


Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

It was an experience he says he wishes on no one.


Arthur Saldivar

Arthur Saldivar, Charged with Firearm Offenses

“I didn’t realize how much you would miss seeing the sun and the sky even for just two days. It was not in those nasty cells.  But it is not something I wish on anybody, to be locked up.”


After spending almost forty eight hours in a holding cell in Belmopan attorney Arthur Saldivar today walked out of the Belmopan Magistrate Court a free man. He was offered and met bail of twenty thousand dollars. This is after police slapped him with firearm related charges: four counts of kept ammunition without a gun license, kept firearm without a gun license and being in possession of an unregistered bulletproof vest.

Officers found a twelve gauge pump-action shotgun, one twenty gauge cartridge, two point two-two rounds of ammunition, seventy four rounds of nine millimeter rounds of ammunition, twenty five twelve gauge cartridge and one bulletproof vest. The items are found at Saldivar’s family residence in Camalote Village on Monday night.


Arthur Saldivar

“This is not my home. This is the family’s residence. I spent time here from time to time.  A part from that I was also charged with kept unlicensed ammunition related to a point two-two caliber firearm. My father who is now deceased, he was murdered n 2014, was the license holder of a point two-two Smith and Wesson pistol. I would not be doing any kind of deep cleaning in this house to search for possible rounds in here. Again, it’s not my home. Outside from that there was a twenty gauge cartridge that was part of the search that came up. This is Camalote Brother Fem would know that the people from Camalote would go shoot iguana and garobo all the times. My dad was a lover for these kind of meats and he would buy rounds for these people who would do that. Again that would be possible explanation for why one was here but certainly it was not within my purview of knowledge. I was also charged for possession of bulletproof vest, two bullet proof vests. I first say those things when the police unearthed them during the search. I had no idea they were here.”


After being arrested and charged for ‘spreading false news”, Saldivar was arrested when authorities realized that his gun license had not been renewed after it expired weeks ago.


Arthur Saldivar

“Let me explain quickly, I have been in and out of the country, one and as result the date passed. I have been involved in litigation in Dangriga primarily for a number of months. Outside of Belmopan and Belize City there is no other place to license the firearm so it did pass. However in a normal course that is not an issue. In a normal course there is a penalty to be paid once you pay the penalty the license is issued. That is what was done. The penalty was paid and the license was issued, legally. It is not unheard of that there are lapses. It happens all the time. In fact I know of more egregious situations where people have lapsed for years and there is no issue because once the license is granted. It can only be revoked under certain definite conditions and expiration is not one of the conditions for revocation.”


Saldivar was released on specific bail conditions. Representing Saldivar was attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley.


Richard “Dickie” Bradley

Richard “Dickie” Bradley, Attorney for Arthur Saldivar

“All of this was unnecessary. Arthur Saldivar has a firearm. If it wasn’t licensed just tell him to go down to the station, license your firearm. Don’t they do that to the Chinese? Ever see a Chinese come to court yet because he forgot to license his firearm since he is so busy selling chicken.  We ask that they put the regular conditions. That he report to the Roaring Creek Police Station. He is not to interfere with the witnesses which he cannot because they are all police officers. When they hear that now they will go to his house and search for something else. Yes, you all know that is true that.”


Saldivar is expected to return to court on July twenty eight. Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo. Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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