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Sep 7, 2021

Montero’s Attorney Calls Warrant “Political Mischief”

Former Minister of Works Rene Montero is being sought by police for the crime of willful oppression.  A wanted person flyer was circulated on Monday for information leading to his arrest.  It’s a development that goes back to November 2020 when heavy equipment belonging to the Government of Belize was repossessed from the former Cayo Central area representative.  An investigation was subsequently launched by his successor at the Ministry of Works which has since been rebranded as the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing.  In the wake of the warrant being issued, Montero’s attorney Orson Elrington has responded on his behalf.  Today, he told News Five that not only is his client innocent, but he is also presently out of the country.

 

Orson Elrington

Orson Elrington, Attorney-at-law

“We have a record number of murders.  We have a record number of rapes.  We have a record number of violent crimes and not once have I ever seen a wanted poster.  So obviously, this is nothing more than political mischief.  Regrettably, the administration is using the Belize Police Department and the good, good officers of the police department to effect their political will.  We have a situation where a minister of government is on public record saying that he is conducting the investigation, he is carrying out the investigation.  That’s on public record, that he is the person who is ensuring that affidavits are filed and that he is interviewing.  That is, if that is not completely biased and corrupts any chance of a valid investigation, it most certainly gives the perception of that and that is exactly what we are seeing right now.  This is nothing more than trumped up charges for which my client maintains his complete innocence.”


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