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May 11, 2022

Alexis Rosado Remains Co-Agent in Belize/Guatemala I.C.J. Case, Despite Allegations

Alexis Rosado

Several weeks after being accused of rape and assault, former Ambassador of Belize to the European Union, Alexis Rosado, remains active on Belize’s I.C.J. Team. Rosado demitted his ambassadorial post following the allegations, but he currently remains a co-agent at the International Court of Justice. Reports are that Rosado was part of a high level meeting with Belize’s I.C.J. Team a few days ago. The team is currently preparing to present its counter-memorial before the World Court which is slated for June. Alexis Rosado is arguably one of the most knowledgeable Belizeans on the border dispute between Belize and Guatemala. We caught up with Prime Minister John Briceño in Belize City today and asked him about his administration’s decision to have Rosado remain on the team. He says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is between a rock and a hard place, because while the allegations against Rosado are damning, every bit of his expertise on the matter are needed.

 

John Briceño

Prime Minister John Briceño

“This is a no win situation on this matter. The other time when I answered that question with Alexis Rosado, they jumped at me because; well it was a young lady that made the charges. And, I certainly feel for her. Every family in this country, I believe ninety nine percent of the families in this country have had some case of abuse within the family. In most instances it is a family friend or family member. So, that kind of abuse in heinous and we need to do everything possible to go after the perpetrator and Alexis Rosado is no exception. But, before we get to that point that has to be determined whether he is innocent or guilty. Our system says you are innocent until you are determined you are guilty. So, what did we do? We immediately removed him from Brussels where he was representing us as our ambassador. But, right now we have something that is an existential threat to our country, which is the case between Belize and Guatemala. He has been working as one of our co-agents. Along, with Assad Shoman, I would say he is one of the most knowledgeable persons when it comes to the Belize Guatemala. I am certain the foreign minister has a reason he kept them there and simply is we are right at the point where we are preparing our counter memorial to present to the ICJ. Now, god forbid we did not use his expertise and because we did not use his expertise and we go to court and there is some mix up and we pay the consequences by losing a portion of Belize. What would be your reaction? You all are going to be first to come on top of us like a ton of bricks saying well, you have the responsibility to protect us. And that is what we are doing. We want to make sure we have the best possible case at this time. And Alexis has dedicated his life to public service and to this issue of Belize Guatemala, and the Foreign Minister at this time I support his recommendation that we need to use him at this time because we are right there going to court. It is not like happen a year ago where we have time to regroup. This is going to court in June.”

 

Paul Lopez

“May I suggest that he should be benched because an investigation against him into these allegations is currently ongoing?”

 

Prime Minister John Briceño

“As you said, you made a comment and I respect your comment, but I do believe we have a responsibility to this country.”


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