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Aug 4, 2011

Tillett says malice was the motive for charge in Belmopan

During his sit-down with the media at Everyday Gourmet Restaurant on the Northern Highway, a police pickup stood by on hand as his attorney Arthur Saldivar and supporters such as Joe Coye, Moses Sulph, and Dickie Bradley arrived. In the presence of those supporters, he related that during his incarceration he had to be rushed to the Western Regional Hospital and the following day he was charged and released without even being interviewed by the arresting officer. In his press release Tillett says “Belmopan Magistrate’s Court has no jurisdiction in this matter and the decision to kidnap me and take me to Belmopan was obviously motivated by some reason other than a successful detection and prosecution of the case on hand.” Tillett and his attorney laid out the case for what they believe to be sheer malice at the cost of his health.

Glenn Tillett

Glenn Tillett

“I believe that if they thought I had committed a crime in Belize City, quite properly I should have been processed in the Magistrate’s Court in Belize City. Nobody has given me a logic. If it was to help the investigation, then I would think that when I was brought to Belmopan, somebody would have interviewed, somebody would have questioned me, somebody would have wanted a statement from me. I have to assume now that I know that Tyrel Hyde and Drian Hyde were in the cell that maybe wanted me in the cell in hope that somebody in there would say something that would incriminate somebody. That’s the only reason I can think of other than sheer malice.”

Arthur Saldivar

Arthur Saldivar, Attorney for Glenn Tillett

“The offence he was charged with, handling, occurred wholly and solely if it is to be proven, in Belize City. So there was really and truly no need for them to do what they did, but they did it anyway. What raises the suspicion and basically emboldens the idea that this was a deliberate act was the fact that on questioning, informally, the officer involved stated openly that he was acting under instructions. He was acting under instructions. So someone told him to bring Glenn Tillett to Belmopan and lock Glenn Tillett up. That’s what he was told. The reason why we can make that suggestion is because ample opportunity was given to police for them to get the information that they required. Mister Tillett was not resisting, he was not being uncooperative, he was not being belligerent in any way.”

Jose Sanchez

“Do you think your affiliation to the P.U.P. had anything to do with the kidnapping as you described it?”

Glenn Tillett

“I will speculate so far that I believe that as a labeled political partisan.”

Tillett says that he fully expects that he and his daughter will be vindicated.  He intends to pursue all means to see those people who are responsible for his distress, to be satisfactorily punished.

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5 Responses for “Tillett says malice was the motive for charge in Belmopan”

  1. Concerned says:

    Tillet’s ordeal with the law is a little preview of the many things that will happen if the 9th amendment is approved in the House of Representatives. So when Barrow bleats on the radio and TV in defense of his nefarious 9th amendment he is not truthful but wants to take us for fools. Those in support of the 9th amendment are part of Barrow’s clan–Barrow will put them in control and in charge of carrying out the atrocities on the people who oppose Barrow.
    It’s time that we wake up before it’s late!

  2. blvnjah says:


  3. Do it right says:

    oh come on. If police find stolen items, drugs, amunition in a house, the people in the house will be charged for possession. This is common knowledge in Belize and has been the law for decades. Just bc he is a PUP doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be charged. The theft of the items occur in Belmopan so they will be charged where the original crime took place. Thats been the procedure for years as well. If it was any non political affiliated person, no one would be crying foul. He needs to get after the family member that set his ass up, not the police for doing their job. And Arthur you need to stop talk fool as a lawyer and give Belize BAnk its truck.

  4. Concerned says:

    POLICE BRUTALITY! ABUSE OF POWER! POLITICAL MANEUVERING! Very obvious. Today, it was Mr. Tillett who was harassed. Mind, tomorrow it could be YOU. I am not in defense of Mr. Tillett, but police brutality is very rampant like if Bz is a banana republic; the citizenry should not tolerate this. I agree that Mr. Tillett committed an offense for having stolen items in his premises, but the extent that the police went in dealing with the situation. I don’t mean that he should be given all courtesies but your rights should not be violated.
    If stolen items are found in the house of a minister, I wonder if he would receive the same treatment?

  5. B grovy says:

    Do it right, u hit d nail right on d head……

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