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Oct 25, 2013

Whistleblower makes an official report on the visa hustle involving Edmund Castro

Lionel Arzu

Prime Minister Dean Barrow finds himself in a conundrum tonight having returned to the country to face another major accusation of corruption in his administration. We will have what happened on his return coming up.  But first, the claims against Minister of State Edmund Castro are now official and have been taken up to another level. Late this evening, the person who came forward revealing that Castro collected hundreds of thousands of dollars, made an official report to the Ombudsman, Lionel Arzu. After meeting with him, her compelling story was recorded by the attorney at the office of the Ombudsman.  She recounted in detail how the process worked with Castro recommending every single visa for Chinese nationals. Now, the report has been made to the Ombudsman because by law he is answerable to the National Assembly. His appointment is made by resolution in the House of Representatives and Senate.  Earlier this week, the individual also met with officials of the United States Embassy speaking to them at length. The statement she is providing to the Ombudsman office will also be presented to the United States Embassy. It has been a week when allegations of corruption were abundant and based on further information provided there is reason to believe that the situation will continue to spiral.

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13 Responses for “Whistleblower makes an official report on the visa hustle involving Edmund Castro”

  1. UDP operates GOB as the criminal business says:

    no more Beano, Deano
    looks like Bano time in Hattieville.
    will you be bunkng with Penner or Castro?

    looks like impeachment time.
    you could resign and hope the crimbinet got all the paper shredded, maybe avoid prison.
    But your A team is about to be your tommy goff when they start cutting deals to turn on each other.

    party time over, now purge time.
    that is, if the national assembly are Belizean patriots.
    if the are cowards, traitors, or just weak in the head, they may try to bury it.

  2. UDP operates GOB as the criminal business says:

    this person will probably be convicted of a felony.

    But this person has more courage, and is more a Belizean patriotic than much of the lame national assembly, who should have been investigating and stopping the criminal government activities.

    The national assembly has acted more as a rubber stamp to a national conspiracy to destroy the full faith and credit of Belize.

    pack of white collar gangsters sucking the blood of the country, or just weak mindless fools ho let them do it.

  3. Rod says:

    Don’t worry about the american embassy we the people need to make a citizens arrest and lock all of the thieving corrupt ministers and the pm up . Rise up belizeans the time has come to show the world that we are not spineless like people think we are march march lock up this corrupt gov. All involved should be locked up for thirty years at least because if a hungry man got 20 yrs in jail fu thief wa piece of cheese then surely all these thieving ministers and police should get at least 30 yrs for treason.

  4. soulsista says:

    Its about time Us intervenes in all this corruption best thing the British come and take back Belize cause it seems only despots have been elected to rule this country ombudsman office waste of time nothing will be done by him us embassy is the best bet dutty Castro his deeds is catching up

  5. BMNJ says:

    I guess when Minister Edmond Castro disrespects women, some women can take it personally to another level.

  6. Love says:

    Vasques asked,”Have you sign any request for visa for anyone Senor Castrone?”


    “Do you recall how many it was?”

    “There is no way in the neighborhood of 20, 30 or 40 nor 200 – no way.”
    ( LOL…. He didn’t ask if it was 20, 30 or 40… neither did he accused. Guilty conscience needs no accuser. )

    “Only on one occasion?”

    The same man Castrone who just a few minutes before said he knew nothing about any such thing, change his mind when new information showed up. Johnnie Zzzzzz said the same thing, he know nottin, see nottin, hear nottin, shouldn’t even be asked such a question, but after said, “I might have recommend a few.” What is a few? It has to be more than one, or… could be three, or five or ten or ,20, 30, 40, 200………?????

    People of Belize, when any of these men denies, and after admit to a few, IT’S BECAUSE… EXTREMELY very LITTLE of that MONEY…. WENT INTO THE GOVERNMENT COFFERS! I don’t know what the price of a visa is at the immigration, but only desperate people are willing to spend huge amount of cash for these things, NO MATTER THE COST. These ministers are not HIDING, their sudden found wealth, it’s in our face for all to see. If the I might have signed a few, could give them those properties they or their family now live in, THEN THAT FEW MUST HAVE HAD SOME TRULY EXORBITANT COST. Are we going to be fooled over and over again, cause these men are insulting our combined intelligence! We have lost CONFIDENCE IN THE WHOLE KABOOGLE, from PM down to CEO, ambassadors, Directors, including Hulsito! We need to see how this hustling change ALL THEIR LIVES, SO WE CAN SAY GOOD BYE! We don’t like the transparency they are showing us, and even the way they are releasing it. If we don’t probe, WE GET NOTHING! They seem more mad with us for asking, than we should be with them!

  7. Al Rich says:

    Amen finally, this administration can no longer hide their ugly heads. I have been praying that God will move and help the people of this country .This government will crumble, the US can no longer ignore what is happening, it would be interesting to note how many of those illegally gotten visas and passports have been used by people to travel to the United States.
    Barrow will go down in the history of the country as one of the most inept and corrupt leader in the country’s history.

    They forgot what the Bible said about money it is the root of all evil and this is an evil lot of uneducated scums.

  8. OKC6205 says:

    Best thing I have heard all year, seems that soulsista hit the nail on the head… British needs to take back the reign on this country.

  9. Elgin Martinez says:

    I guess the whistleblower will be killed before this case is tried.

  10. GrigaMan says:

    The whistle-blower is a true Belizean patriot – the Belizean version of Edward Snowden. It takes great courage and resolve to do what she did; may God Bless her and keep her safe. We should dissolve the current Belizean Government and Cabinet, and call new elections – this is the perfect time for a new Third party – no more UPD or PUP; the are both equally corrupted, heartless and treasonous.

  11. Al says:

    I second everything GrigaMan said. But who is the 3rd party??????????????????

  12. peter says:

    why belizeans should care about chinese which go to US? give more visas to everybody. who needs it, sell more pssports! US is not a friend, and never was a friend for Belize. Make more money, dont think about US. THIS KIND OF CORRUPTION IS GOOD FOR BELIZE!

  13. peter says:

    Whistleblower is paid by US embassy… This is an answer!

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