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Nov 5, 2009

Francis Eiley happy to be freed of murder charges

Story PictureThe Privy Council on Wednesday dismissed murder convictions on Ernest Savery, Lenton Polonio and Francis Eiley for the 2002 Murder of Justo Perez. Perez was killed at his home in San Pedro and when his body was found, it was gagged and had deep wounds on the head. The motive was robbery. The three men spent seven years in prison until today when they were released following the ruling by the London Privy Council. News Five caught up today with one of the freed men as he took a flight to La Isla Bonita.

Francis Eiley, Freed of Murder
“I just want to thank Allah for his mercy and my mom’s love and I’m innocent and I’ve spent seven years of my life in jail for a crime I didn’t do and it’s overwhelming but first thing’s first I gotta get on with my life and make things happen for myself and my family. The system in Belize needs a check up; the judges, jurors, the prosecution; they are all corrupt. They need some soul searching themselves and the people of Belize noh wah get no justice as long as dehn people weh did deal wid di courts, di deal wid di courts di way dehn di deal wid it. There’s a lot of innocent people in jail, besides myself that had less than a fair trial such as myself.”

Anita Nembhard, Freelance court Reporter
“I know that in 2002 when you were arrested you were on remand for about fifteen months and you were released, tell us on what basis were you released and arrested back?”

Francis Eiley
“I was released because it was insufficient evidence for the beginning and they didn’t have nothing to go on except for the word of the person they caught red handed with blood stains on him. To take such a witness with such a character as that to become state evidence, that just shows the character or the desperation that they have to quell crime. But Belize is such a small beautiful country and what’s happening in the city and what’s happening with the youths, it could be easily curved. All this killing could stop.”


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