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Jul 3, 2020

Arthur Saldivar Acquitted of False Rumor Charge!

Attorney Arthur Saldivar had his day in court on Thursday when he was cleared of one count of spreading a false rumour.  On March twenty-ninth, Saldivar was arrested and charged when a statement that was deemed false was uploaded to his personal Facebook page. The post claimed that G.O.B. was allowing persons to enter the northern border and that it was putting Belizeans at risk. On Tuesday, the trial started in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court and concluded on Thursday when the matter was thrown out. Attorney Dickie Bradley explained what happened in court.

 

Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley

Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley, Attorney

“The case against Arthur Saldivar concluded in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court just a few minutes ago in which the charge that he was spreading false news collapsed. In the sense that from a legal stand point, the police having presented their witnesses and evidence and tendered their documents and CDs, that there was nothing to link Arthur Saldivar with the allegation that he had put out those things. That is an elementary matter in court, nuh, if you charge me with something at least some evidence to show that I am the one driving the vehicle when the person was knocked down or whatever. So, in terms of what they presented, the warrant of arrest for us, it is kinda important; the warrant that is used that the law requires when you are arresting a citizen there is a procedure. The warrant quoted the wrong law. The officer was good enough to say he was instructed to charge, Mr. Saldivar. That is a shocking piece of thing because nobody does any investigation. Get that man, bring ah and charge ah. Man, the law requires that whoever makes an allegation the police is to conduct an independent investigation. We are leading towards a police state where they can call and tell you to arrest somebody. Mr Saldivar is taken to the station and he is read an arrest warrant – that law says – I wouldn’t say what that law says but it is the wrong law.  The charge sheet weh they charge ah pahn quote the wrong law. How can you charge me for X and come to the court for W. Once it is a magistrate, once it is any court of law – thank God it nuh reach the stage where they can call the magistrate and the judge who fi find guilty. So, the magistrate was presented with that. So, the third error, the warrant they the charge somebody who names Arthur Anthony Saldivar and then the paper work and the person in court is another Saldivar.  So, those are three major errors that when the evidence are brought and all the paper work and the CD and suh, it amounts to nothing. Look what the trial magistrate did – your honor, the law wrong, no facts deh ya – the magistrate tells him he doesn’t have a case to answer.

 

Arthur Saldivar

Arthur Saldivar, Acquitted of Charge

“Do I feel vindicated; certainly the outcome has exonerated me. At the end of the day, it has been exposed that this was something of malice and not really something of merit. So, I continue and there are other battles to fight. Sad to say, coming from the same ilk and we shall be here again.”


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