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Nov 26, 2013

Former Deputy Mayor back in the country

Eric Chang

Former Deputy Mayor, Eric Chang, who has been away in Taiwan on an extended leave of absence, returned to Belize today.  The councilor departed for his home country along with Belize City Mayor Darrell Bradley in early September on an official visit.  While away, Chang’s name was called in a passport scandal, involving erstwhile Minister of State Elvin Penner, in which it is alleged that he attempted to convey a fraudulent Belizean travel document to imprisoned South Korean national Won Hong Kim. The businessman, who was wanted by authorities for his involvement in white-collar crime, was imprisoned in Taipei awaiting extradition when Chang reportedly attempted to visit him. But Chang’s name was linked in missing visa foils at the western border.  Chang has been wanted for questioning at City Hall for his alleged involvement in the Kim fiasco.  Prime Minister Dean Barrow, during that time, also went on record to say that there is no proof to implicate Chang in any wrongdoing related to the Penner passport scandal and Chang stayed away indefinitely citing illness in his family.  Notwithstanding numerous attempts by Mayor Bradley to get in touch with him, he was subsequently stripped of his office and portfolio.  In speaking with the media on several occasions, Mayor Bradley has indicated that a meeting with Chang would be the first order of business upon his return.  News Five contacted Bradley this afternoon inquiring about Chang’s arrival.  Well, that was news to the mayor, but he soon confirmed that Chang had spoken with a fellow councilor.  Whether that sit-down was indeed held this evening we are not certain, however, the mayor has reserved comment until Wednesday.

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10 Responses for “Former Deputy Mayor back in the country”

  1. Trust UDP, then don't think says:

    Welcome back Eric, all clear.
    Deano broke out the beano.
    Amnesty for all.
    Hulse has finished his investigation, nothing happened everthing covered up.
    And Belizeans prefer a corrupt government.
    Come and get your back pay along with UDP loyalty bonuses.

  2. Rod says:

    Lock his ass up strip him of his belizean citizenship and then lock him up in jail all traitors will be arrested and thrown in jail .

  3. Jorge says:

    The man gone clear. Money done de da Taiwan.

  4. Citizen says:

    Welcome back Eric, we were allowing the thing to look cool, and we know you were checking the temperature, so you felt safe. You need fe see what the world look like from behind bars in prison.

  5. Citizen says:

    Chang need to tell us who efficiently delivered the passport to Wonhong Kim! He came back just in time!

  6. Al Rich says:

    He has transferred all his money to Taiwan. He can leave and go back anytime and be okay. Another smart one pulled the wool over the eyes of the people.

  7. Buju says:

    This is the problem in Belize

    We need to stop worry bout Eric Chang and his money and worry bout our own pockets

  8. Rod says:

    We should get the tiawan embassdor to investigate this mans finances if the gov. Of tiawan. Wants to look like they are honest then the embassdor from tiawan should begin and investigation of this mans finances .

  9. ceo says:

    He should be declared Persona non grata an enemy of State!

  10. StapAllDTalkintalkin says:

    We should this, we should that. What are the Belizean people going to do? Get up off your buttoms and make the changes the country needs! Bunch of cowards all of you!

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