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Sep 7, 2011

Rhett Fuller escorted from Prison to Minister of Foreign Affairs

Rhett Fuller

Belizean businessman Rhett Fuller, wanted for extradition by U.S. federal agents, appeared before Minister of Foreign Affairs Wilfred Elrington in Belmopan this morning.  Fuller, who surrendered to local authorities on August twenty-second, was escorted from the Belize Central Prison to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by armed officers.  The latest turn of events in Fuller’s protracted legal battle against extradition to the United States succeeds a decision handed down by United Kingdom’s Privy Council on August ninth in which his appeal was denied.  The extradition request stems from allegations that Fuller murdered Larry Miller on March twenty second, 1990 and that on January twenty-eighth, 1998 a grand jury in the state of Florida issued a summons for his arrest.  Proceedings in the matter here in Belize have spanned a period of thirteen years during which local and international justice systems were thoroughly exhausted. The hearing before the minister is his last resort.  Over the years Fuller has also been represented by a list of high profile attorneys, most recently former Court of Appeal Justice Denys Barrow, who appeared in the absence of Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay.  Barrow told News Five earlier that today’s hearing went well despite an adjournment in the matter.

Senior Counsel Denys Barrow, Attorney for Rhett Fuller

Denys Barrow

“We had a hearing before the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honorable Wilfred Elrington, which I can say went extremely well, extremely professionally and I pay tribute to him for the seriousness with which he took the process.  Where we are now is that representations have been made in writing and he received representations orally as well.  There came a point where he thought that he needed to consider a particular aspect more fully and he decided that he needed to get information in relation to this matter and therefore he has adjourned this hearing to enable him to get that information which he has promised to share with us and then he will tell us when the resumed hearing date will be.”

Isani Cayetano

“In terms of the wellbeing of your client at this point, was he upbeat going into the session this morning?  Did he display any kind of nervousness or what have you?”

Denys Barrow

“Oh he was obviously extremely nervous because as you realize it is his fate which is on the line.  But I can say that after he sat in and observed the proceedings he was considerably gratified by the fairness, the transparency of the process and he feels immensely better to know that his case is being properly considered by the minister.”

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12 Responses for “Rhett Fuller escorted from Prison to Minister of Foreign Affairs”

  1. Rod says:

    Don’t be a fool fuller am telling you the us embassy has already paid mr barrow his thirty pieces of silver for you so pack your bags you are on your way to Florida this meeting is only a sham to let the Belize people think he is considering it the out come of this has been made you have been bought and elrington knows this. This corrupt pm and gov. Only care about money.

  2. Islander says:

    Why are we harboring and abetting an accused murderer?

  3. Storm says:

    I don’t think the Jewel should be a haven for murderers. It’s immoral, it’s dangerous for us, and we will become a pariah among nations.

    The U.S. justice system is one of the fairest in the world. Let Mr. Fuller have his day in court there.


  4. Belize says:

    Why is this guy spending so much money on lawyers hear in Belize. He ia an accused murderer. If he commit this crime he have to spend his time. And if he is innocent go and prove that in the courts in the USA. His family don’twant to loose him but he was accused of taking a life. How do you think that family feels. Come on Mr. Fuller prove your innocence in the court. The foreign minister have his hands tied. They are aggreements sign by our countries. So my gut feeling is that you will be going to be extradited and by that time you won’t have no more money to hire a good attorney in the states.

  5. Get it right says:

    It would appear that this dude knows what he did thats why he is trying so hard to stay here. Our relationship with the USA is far more important than some accused killer and Elrington would be a fool not to send him back. If he is innocent, then let the law take its course.

  6. Charlie Price says:

    We still don’t know THE WHOLE STORY…….

    If they send him to the US, it proves that we are not really a sovereign Nation…..30yrs after “INDEPENDENCE”.


  7. cali says:

    First of all this guy should not be getting so much attention from the media. Belize has much more important issue that you the media can report on.

  8. jg says:

    with the whole media circus of SHYNE coming to belize, where is he now????
    what is he doing as musical ambassador of belize??


  9. OriginalWoman says:

    @Storm…did you say the US Justice system is one of the fairest in the world??? That may be true depending on your race, how much money you have, and your connections!!!! Which part of the US are you specifically talking about???

  10. Malcolm says:

    If you commit a crime you should be given a fair trial. You should not be able to escape the trial just by running to another country. He’s been fighting extradition now for over 20 years. If he had just stayed and faced the court he would probably be free by now.

  11. KarmaCatchesCharmeleon says:

    Who are you to judge? Any of you really know the circumstances of the case? I say that the US should not be allowed to get away with trampling on a person’s rights; and remember he is innocent under our law and theirs. If any one of you know Denys or Eamon, you will realize that they never take on “murder” cases so to speak. It is obvious that they believe that Rhett’s rights have been violated; and one cannot trust a system that has violated your rights even before you are put on trial. This was something that happened 23 years ago. You think Rhett hasn’t done any time? Do you know what his family has been through? Get a life and stop hating.

  12. KarmaCatchesCharmeleon says:

    Be careful when you judge. How would you feel if it was your own brother being judged as you all are doing above. Do any of you really know the facts? One fact that has been clearly brought out by the courts is that Rhett’s rights were repeatedly violated by the US. He is a Belizean, we must ensure that he is afforded all the rights that we would expect for ourselves in our own judicial jurisdiction.

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