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Jun 10, 2011

Attorney Arthur Saldivar now free to enter prison

Arthur Saldivar

Arthur Saldivar has the distinction of being the only attorney that has been banned from visiting his clients in prison. The Belize Central Prison in Hattieville implemented the ban after he allegedly facilitated a phone call from his client Mike Menjivar to the media. The prison wrote the Bar Association hoping that they would punish Saldivar. Instead, the Bar’s response indicated that the Prison may have violated the Constitutional Rights of the Menjivar’s and their housekeeper by thwarting their choice of legal counsel. On Thursday, Saldivar received a letter, just about two sentences in total that said the embargo against him has been lifted.

Arthur Saldivar, Free to Enter Prison

“You’d forgive me if I don’t jump for joy but we have just received information that the ban has been lifted—that I am now eligible to go and see my clients once more.”

Jose Sanchez

“Did the letter point out any legal reason why they are lifting or why they had the ban in the first place?”

Arthur Saldivar

“No, no legal reasons. Only that I have now been made cognizant of what the policies are at Kolbe which still needs to be reconcile with the law but I’ll be respectful of what they have indicated in their communication to me.”

Jose Sanchez

“Regarding to the clients that you were seeing at the time, the Menjivars, what is the update with their case?”

Arthur Saldivar

“Well to date, we have Miss Illiana and Miss Rumilda who have been granted bail by the Supreme Court. Mike Menjivar is awaiting his day in court which is set for the seventeenth of June which is a prolonged period but we are still thankful that we have that day. All indications are that the bail will be opposed, but let’s see what happens.”

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2 Responses for “Attorney Arthur Saldivar now free to enter prison”

  1. Benqueno says:

    Its sad that in our country BELIZE, our so wanna be true leaders like Mr. Arthur Saldivar will only recognize those with $$$$$ to have Constitutional Rights….and its a shame that those investigating the Menjivars cause have forgotten the proceeds of his business and where exactly the money $$$$ is coming from with which he is paying Saldivar…THAT MONEY IS THE PROCEEDS OF DRUGS…and this means that Saldivar is handling dirty cash…

    Is there a way to prevent or arrest an ATTORNEY who is being paid with proceeds of Organize Crime $$$$$….?????

  2. Honestly says:

    Has Mr. Menjivar been found guilty of a drug charge? Not that I see. So how is it that you can accuse him when the authorities haven’t any proof. Innocent till proven guilty! What if tomorrow you were called a sexual molester without any proof or court proceeding? Get it!

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