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Jul 19, 2013

Why is Seawell wanted by the USA?

Arthur Saldivar

The habeas corpus application hearing of drug suspect Mark Seawell was adjourned for the umpteenth time this morning in the courtroom of the Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin. In his previous appearance on July twelfth, the Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin noted that Seawell’s attorney Arthur Saldivar was not acting with the urgency the hearing merits and that he was prepared to strike it out. Seawell was ordered extradited back in September 2011 for a long list of charges including drug trafficking and has been waiting for hearing since then. I it did not escape the C.J. this morning that Seawell’s attorney had made it to court in the nick of time. After adjournment, Saldivar explained the delay and answered questions about why Seawell is wanted by the U.S.


Arthur Saldivar, Attorney for Mark Seawell

“Well yes there has been a delay as I explained. The situation was that Dr. Kaseke was the original practitioner charged in conduct with the matter. That caused some problem after the case in time has passed. His estate and those of his estate having control of the rights; myself was not detained originally in relation to this application. I have had my course of tenure in the matter at the Magistrates Court. So a number of attorneys had conducted prior to my being asked to assist. Whether or not the eleventh hour the fifty-ninth minute or whatever it is the fact of the matter is that we have the Chief Justice who is looking at fairness as the overriding principle. And understanding fully what the constitution requires. Outside of that I guess Mr. Seawell was born under a lucky moon.”



“What are the charges that the U.S. government has made against him that he will have to face if he is extradited?”


Arthur Saldivar

“Well the charge that has been brought against him is one of Narco Trafficking but there are litany of competent charges. One of which is charge with a crime of continuing criminal enterprise which does not appear in the books of Belize at all but forms the basis of the declaration and which in fact is the charge that carries the longest term in terms of penalty; a term of twenty-five years or more. This was one of the points that will brought up in the hearing. But outside of that I don’t see in the documents the basis of which the United States could substantiate the charges that they brought. And I have written out to get a fair trial in the United States.”


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