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Jun 22, 2012

Nepalese catch and released; and more suspect visas

For months, we have been reporting on the unusual number of Chinese nationals that have been arriving in Belize with questionable visas. While a few come as genuine visitors, the vast number from Guang Zhou, China get to Belize using unusual routes to make their way up north. While the traffic slowed down somewhat after a shake up at the Immigration Department, it appears to be cranking up again. On April fifth at one p.m., a chartered Aero Caribe flight from Havana, Cuba landed with five Chinese nationals; all of whom listed Dangriga as their destination. They also listed their occupation as students. The list included thirty-three year old Chunme Chen, twenty-one year old Xiumin LIA, eighteen year old Chao Li, and nineteen year old Guisha Chen.  The group was picked up by a man known as Zebo Liang. Liang is the same person that picked up a group of sixteen from the PGIA on June sixth. Eleven of them flew into the country with visas issued from the Immigration Department prior to their arrival in the country. But that was not the only case that occurred that was suspect.  A Nepalese national arrived in the country at the Philip Goldson International Airport on June fourteenth. The following day he was in a taxi that was intercepted by the police at mile seventy-two on the Western Highway. Inside the cab with the Nepalese known as Chetri, was a Guatemalan National identified as Danilo Chavez Coy. Chetri, we are told, had no travel documents with him and was detained on June fifteenth. During his brief detention, a woman claiming to be the owner of a hardware store showed up at the Benque Police station with his passport.  The following day, one Khalid Mahmood also allegedly appeared at the station along with a police inspector.  The men claimed to have received permission from higher ups to have the Nepalese national released even though it was revealed that his ultimate goal was to reach the United States via Guatemala and Mexico.

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5 Responses for “Nepalese catch and released; and more suspect visas”

  1. Storm says:

    This story is incomplete — did “Khalid Mahmood” get permission to remove the prisoner? And where is the Nepalese invader now?

    Our public servants have found ways to get rich by selling our travel documents to foreign criminals of all kinds, yet nobody gets arrested, charged, or jailed.

    GOB simply cannot or will not operate an honest Customs and Immigration department. Is it merely a coincidence that the PM appoints a cavalcade of crooks and incompetents to these vital but lucrative posts?

    I fear our only hope to break the endless cycle of corruption is for the Governor General to notice the perpetual criminality in public “service,” and somehow invite in a thorough, outside investigation. What do you think?

  2. Al says:

    The american government better keep a watch on Belize, it is a route that can be used by so many undesireables to get into the US. What I want to know is how come it is so easy to get a Belize visa and passport. Is the country selling passports at a whole sale or retail price. How can one counry be so rotten.

  3. Rod says:

    There you go this gov. Selling passports again they still haven’t learned anything that’s because the last batch that was caught was let go by this incompetent gov. And pm so here we go again the higher ups involved in selling passports again when will the corruption stop these people should be locked up for being traitors to their country start from the top I guess their is no corner of this gov. That is not corrupt.

  4. Judy says:

    It is NOT easy to get a visa to come to the USA from Belize. I know many people who have tried to get one legitimately just to visit friends and have been denied. It might be easy to get a Belize passport but that does not automatically translate into an easy gateway to the USA. And while Belize definitely has its issues, its “so-called rotteness” according to the post above pales in comparison to other countries of the region like Haiti….

  5. Storm says:

    Judy, strangely I am not reassured by the argument, “Belize is run by criminals, but Haiti is worse!”

    I know of no other government IN THE WORLD that knowingly puts street murderers on its payroll — why is that, to have them at GOB’s beck and call if there is murder to be done?

    When public employees are CAUGHT committing crimes in office, nothing happens to them — no jai, no prosecution. The worst that happens is that they must lose their job with no other penalty. We tolerate murder, robbery, and drug trafficking at all levels; drugs by the planeload and by the ton transit our country, and if by accident they are caught, nobody goes to jail — can you say Cuthkelvin? And instead of fighting to the death against murderers, PM Barrow appeases them and puts them on the government payroll.

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