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Oct 8, 2013

Dubai national, who got nationality and passport, is of interest to the U.S.

There is fresh information tonight that the disgraced Elvin Penner signed off on loads of nationality certificates to Middle Eastern and Asian nationals. The documents are being made available by attorney Arthur Saldivar, but it is still not known how they came into his hands. What is known is that one of the persons who purportedly obtained a nationality certificate, is of interest the United States. He is a national of Dubai: Jalal Ebrahimi, lists his address as South End, Corozal Town. While Ebrahimi’s nationality certificate is missing a seal, it bears Penner’s signature.  Ebrahimi purportedly received the application for nationality on July eighteenth and obtained a nationality certificate within a month on August twenty-third….that is just days before Kim Wonhong obtained Belizean citizenship as he sat behind bars in a Taipei jail.  Of note is that both Penner and Ady Pacheco, an officer in the nationality section, signed off on Kim’s and Ebrahimi’s documents. On Monday, Saldivar released one such document and today he made available two others which show that in fact Penner, the then Minister of State, was signing off as Minister. The documents are already causing a firestorm and cries for a criminal investigation have stepped up for commission of inquiry into of the biggest scandals to hit this government. As it stands tonight, if the documents obtained by Saldivar at this late stage are legit, then it is clear that there are further breaches in the nationality and immigration department because files are leaving that office. Saldivar held a press conference today at the Radisson providing documents which he claims were in the process of being destroyed.


Arthur Saldivar

Arthur Saldivar, Attorney

“We have original documentation from the ministry of immigration of documents that were slated to be destroyed. The two individuals whose names appear on the documents: one is an oriental, or supposedly an oriental—you would notice that the picture and the documents itself appears to be somewhat manufactured, manipulated. And the other individual is a Middle Eastern person, Jalal Ebrahimi. From our information, Mister Ebrahimi is a person of ill-repute and there may be a situation where he is being investigated internationally. So again, what is to be born in mind is that there are receipts for the reception of the applications for these persons, but the files don’t show all the required documents. For those in the public who may not be aware of the procedure for the acquisition of nationality, one of the documents that one would require being a foreign national, being nationalized, is the permanent residence and the permanent residence card. There should be a copy of a permanent residence card in each one of these files because that is the first step to obtaining nationality. These filers are evidence; evidence that would be used in a court of law if a criminal investigation was launched. So the mere fact that these files were brought outside of the office, basically gives rise to the specter of a deliberate act to suppress, destroy, remove or conceal evidence of corruption and wrongdoing.  Every receipt for these documents was signed by one Ady Pacheco at the nationality section. Now Ady Pacheco, you would recall that in the situation involving Kim, she was also there at the nationality section—her name appeared on those documents as well. This is a person that is now being processed for promotion at the Immigration Department.  There is word that a relationship of sorts exists between Miss Pacheco and Mister Hulse and this must be investigated. What is the relationship between Ady Pacheco and the Minister of Immigration, Godwin Hulse? And is that the reason why the nationality section was given a pass and not looked into? We cannot have personal relationships where they exist impeded criminal investigations. So at the end of the day, the role of Godwin Hulse in particular must be looked into.  When they start a file, a BNA is placed on a green binder and every document pertaining to that applicant is entered into that binder. Well these come from out of those binders and the next time I speak to the press, a binder will be brought forward—an original binder that should actually be kept at the Ministry of Immigration for posterity. For us as Belizeans who are born here, we have our birth certificates. You can access your birth certificates at any time because that information is kept permanently as a part of the vital statistics record. Likewise a naturalized citizen must have that certificate of naturalization kept on file into perpetuity so that they can always access the information that allows for them to claim the identity of a Belizean. So how is it that you have some persons seeking to be so classified, be made to have their documents destroyed? It would then render them citizens without a country.”

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7 Responses for “Dubai national, who got nationality and passport, is of interest to the U.S.”

  1. Hulse the Man says:

    Godwin, sounds like Castro’s Booty Call classes payed off.

    He may have struck out in Taiwan, but it sounds like racking the action at Immigration.

  2. American who support Belize says:

    It is time the US Embassy takes issue with the criminal government of Belize.

    Start by blocking the visas and passport entry into the US.

    These criminals need to be stopped, if only for the national security interests of the US.

    Belizeans need to rise up and stand up for their country; and put these high criminals on trial.

  3. not enuf Beano, Deano says:


    looks bad, looks like the stink is getting stronger, you are about out of Beano Deano.
    Zimbabwe might take you, I think you would fit in with Mugabe.

    But if you can’t run fast enough, who do you want as your bunk mate, Penner or Contrerass?

    Castro can clear the land in general holding, teach booty call classes.
    Even the men in prison like those classes.

    Anthony “Boots” Martinez can do the advanced classes; his flying squirrel screetch is hard to beat.

    Of course as usual, you get a percentage.

    Guess the big question is whether all you former cabinet members will be there to have meetings in Hattieville prison. Faber probably won’t get bunk, but his brother might, that is close enough for UDP.

  4. Love says:

    Is our lovely country Belize now fast becoming a heaven for criminals, as long as THEY HAVE DOLLARS? Our passport is fast becoming a useless junk because of ministerial greed.

  5. Al Rich says:

    This nasty situation is becoming a national intrigue. I see more countries calling for some answers. Our politicians have not stop to think how many wanted criminals have been given the okay to hide in plain sight in Belize.

    Criminals will always choose Belize as a place to hide because the arm of justice is so slow and certainly can be bought. This government should be ashamed to lift their heads up off their pillows in the morning. It is time for a change, there should be massive protest against this government.

    Please let us do something to save our country.

  6. Benqueno says:

    Very good Mr. Saldivar good source of information u have, but one thing though, don’t defend these very same people you are investigating yourself…ok..DON’T DEFEND THEM..MONEY TALKS BULS%$^&T WALKS!!!!!

  7. belize says:

    “The time to save our country is now! Before we lose it.”

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