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Oct 8, 2013

Minister Hulse says the D.P.P. and police are not locked out from investigating

So what does this development mean for the ongoing investigation? Minister Hulse told us that the two matters – the leaked documents and the passport scandal – are two different things and will be investigated separately. He insists that he is conducting an administrative investigation. But the cry for a criminal investigation has escalated into one for a commission of inquiry into the matter. According to Hulse, nobody in the Immigration Department is locking the Police or the D.P.P. out.


Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration

“We have never locked out the police, the FIU or nobody; the ministry has not said anybody is locked out. But those are processes which require those agencies to look and you clearly have to have the evidence to say to them okay come on in and take a look. No, the ministry has never locked out anybody—never locked out the FIU, never locked out the police, never locked out the D.P.P. or anybody. All we said was that from an administrative point of view, we are carrying out our investigation. There are other agencies that have to do their work as well.”



“So are you prepared at this time to call in the police? Because how you said, you guys are looking for evidence which you would then turn over to police if you find any evidence. But doesn’t it make sense to maybe work along with the police to find this evidence?”


Godwin Hulse

Godwin Hulse

“We never said that at all…that we are looking for evidence to hand over to police. We said that we are carrying out an administrative investigation. The fact of the matter is…if we uncover anything that requires a criminal investigation, well clearly the police will be notified and we have not said we will lock out the police. That is a misconception to say. There is no barring of the police looking but we have to have something to say to the police because Arthur Saldivar has said files are missing. Files are missing; that means that somebody has public property in their hands and somebody took it out…that is something for the police to look into.”



“The signatures…a lot of people are saying but there is enough; even the D.P.P. has said there is enough to warrant a criminal investigation at this point? You disagree with her? There is a signature of Minister Penner on documents and now Saldivar says there is a hundred and fifty such documents. Are you satisfied yet that there seems to be enough to warrant a criminal investigation?”


Godwin Hulse

“The D.P.P. has said that, she goes ahead; that is her purview. That is her purview. Now where the ministry is concerned and let’s be absolutely clear, nationality certificates are signed by Minister Penner. So the D.P.P. is the one who has to come in. I cannot jump up and say okay minister Penner shouldn’t have sign this…he signs nationality certificates. We have to look at that in depth and see if everything was in order for him to sign. And what we have simply said over and over and over, the particular file in respect to this we can’t find. Now I am hearing that Mister Saldivar also saying he has the files. Then that means if he has files, then we don’t have them in the ministry and how we will carry this on. Minister Penner is authorized to sign nationality certificates; there is nothing wrong with that.”

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5 Responses for “Minister Hulse says the D.P.P. and police are not locked out from investigating”

  1. get Beano in a box says:

    come on in boys, most of what you are looking for is shredded.

    And while you are busy here, our guys are shredding documents through out GOB.

    Our game is about to end, we just need to complete the paperwork.

    no evidence means no conviction. And all that money we found, we get to keep, somewhere you can not find.

  2. m.price says:

    They are holding on for dear-life.

    I find it very conspicuous that the PUP administration has not been more vocal and taken a bigger advantage of this huge opportunity, besides the one-man show being put on by Sal.

    I personally believe that this is much bigger that penner or the UDP. The PUP’s silence is deafening, don’t be surprised if this thing is just a continuation practice from administration.

    USA & other nations will soon stop honoring Belize passports..Watch & See

  3. melvin says:

    HMM the problem just getting bigger and bigger and biger,jejej mr hulse and his ministry are doing their own investigation hmm and if he uncovers that their is corruption,because the way he speaks is that their is no corruption? or they don’t want to accept that something is wrong in the ministry that it is CORRUPT,and their is one responsible or 2-3-4 or more responsible? but how will they investigate their corruption and not allow the police to intervene NOW? THE POLICE SHOULD BE IN ALREADY NOW INVESTIGATING.

  4. Jeez! says:

    Stop trying to take us around in circles like we are fools Hulse. The law states that it only takes ONE document for a Criminal Investigation to be made against the individual: Penner! That ONE document was already presented to the Prime Minister by Intelligence Agencies and it was from THEN that the Criminal Investigation should have started! Everyone else who tries to deny this is an “Accomplice to a Crime”.

  5. Al says:

    Sometimes you wonder if all these guys go to a private school where they learn how to dance around questions. How to say a lot without saying anything. The reporters try their best to get meaningful responses from them but its obvious they are not in these ministers leagues.

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