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Feb 24, 2011

Seawell Brothers back in Court; but media blocked from entering court

Mark & Gary Seawell

In court news, the fate of the Seawell brothers, Gary and Mark, is still undecided.  The Seawell brothers made an appearance this morning before Chief Magistrate Margaret McKenzie in respect of an extradition request by the US. An application to have their witnesses called before the court was denied.  But to get that story proved to be troublesome. The officers stationed outside the court did not allow the media to access the court. One police officer told us that because there were persons that needed to be kept secure, journalists could not enter.  The same officer gave a print media journalist a different excuse; that there was no space inside.  The cops suggested that journalists stand by James Brodie & Company. Although the police officers and the security guards said they were acting on orders,  reporters still were able to get a brief comment from Elson Kaseke, the attorney for the Seawell brothers.

Elson Kaseke, Attorney for Mark and Gary Seawell

“In court a while ago, what happened was that the Chief Magistrate ruled that the witnesses who are available in Belize, the court will not be calling them even though we had stated that the purpose we wanted them to be called was for the court to be fair to all parties. The court say that that was not its role. So basically the court say it is not going to call those witnesses and the proceedings are continuing on Tuesday next week.”

Jose Sanchez

“Is there any particular reason why the media was not allowed in today’s sitting?”

Elson Kaseke

Elson Kaseke

“I was not aware that the media was not allowed in the sitting.”

Jose Sanchez

“The officers didn’t allow the media for different reasons.”

Elson Kaseke

“I don’t know the reasons; you have to ask the police about that. We still have to go through the entire process and that’s commencing on Tuesday, next week.”

Roland Parks, Reporter

“You had put in an application to the court what was that application about?”

Elson Kaseke

“What we informed the court was that there were three witnesses who were in Belize, who were saying that they never made any affidavits or deposition to the U.S. government. And we said look in order for you to be fair, we told the court it must called those witnesses—they are around, they are ready, they are willing they are ready to come to court—and hear what they have to say. But that’s what the court said that it doesn’t need to call the witness.”

The Seawell brothers are accused of narco-trafficking and will return to court on Tuesday.

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7 Responses for “Seawell Brothers back in Court; but media blocked from entering court”

  1. rod says:

    another part of this useless gov. doing the usa bidding like little lap dogs this udp gov. giving away our country for a few pieces of silver resign barrow resignnnnnnnnnnnn.

  2. Elgin Martinez says:

    What about freedom of the press wake up Belizeans. Why is the GOB acting like those rulers in the MiddleEast.Maybe you all need to get some of the medicine that was given to Mubarak and Ghadafi.

  3. Elgin Martinez says:

    Why is the GOB acting like those leaders in the Middle East?I guess Barrow need some of the medication that was given to Mubarak.What about freedom of the press?How is that democracy hello Dean Oliva Barrow.

  4. Elgin Martinez says:

    What about freedom of the Press Mr Barrow?Why you acting like Mubarrowak?

  5. B grovy says:

    Mi head d hut mek we blame Udp, leg d hut the Pup mi a$$ d ich the nieghbor falt .In my humble opinion we need to look inward before we blame other people. I agree one hundred percent FREEDOM OF PRESS is essential to our democracy

  6. Earl Grey says:


    More DEPORTEES running the streets DESTROYING OUR WAY OF LIFE????????

    ARE WE A SOVEREIGN NATION???????????????? or what?????????

  7. Storm says:

    They should just go — they will get a fair trial in the States. But a fair triasl is probably the last thing they want.

    Belize has been wrecked by drug-traffickers. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time!

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