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Jun 8, 2022

Minister of State Ramirez Denies Allegation of Assault by Defeated Councilor Candidate

He is the Minister of State in the Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour and Local Government and the Area Representative for the Corozal South West constituency. But at the close of the village council elections in San Narciso, a councilor candidate who ended up defeated at the polls alleged that the elected official, Ramiro Ramirez, assaulted him twice. The accuser, Ahaiel Patt, was recorded on a cell phone when he made the allegations and the recording then made its rounds. Here’s how he claims the assault went.


Ahaiel Patt

Ahaiel Patt, Alleges he was assaulted

“He has like twice – he has punched me twice today. Yes, I think that’s totally unacceptable because he is a minister and he is a representative and he has to be polite with the people, even though we are not like supporters of his, you know, party. That’s completely unacceptable.”



News Five contacted Ramirez to get his side of the story and he said the allegation is completely false and warns that if Patt continues pushing the untruth, he will have no choice but to seek legal recourse. Ramirez said that it was Patt who, from earlier in the day and in the presence of a police officer, was insulting towards him. Ramirez said that he told the officer to overlook the young man because it would be petty to take him to task over it. Ramirez added that Patt is from his constituency and contested the village council elections in San Narciso.  As the results indicate, he received the least amount of votes. We quote directly from Ramirez’s conversation with us: “If you listen to the video, somebody is coaching him in what he is saying. I never punch anybody.”


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