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Dec 16, 2013

Nationality certificate to Rafael Medina rushed in 1 day by Immigration Director

Tonight, there is no official explanation or comment from the Immigration Ministry on the Rafael Vasquez Medina nationality facilitation. Salvadoran national Vasquez-Medina received his Belizean nationality certificate on September nineteenth, 2013, signed by Director of Immigration Maria Marin. There are credible reports that the certificate was processed, signed and delivered in one day. But that certificate was issued without proper vetting, since the person submitted as Vasquez-Medina’s Belizean mother is not his mother at all.  According to sources, the family of Vasquez-Medina was approached by an unidentified middle-aged woman who offered to facilitate his nationality, for the sum of five hundred dollars. The woman was given the money and a copy of Vasquez-Medina’s Salvadoran birth certificate, and returned one week later with his Belizean documents. He received what is called nationality by descent, since the broker procured fake documents claiming that his mother was one Roberta Medina, living in Guinea Grass.  Today, News Five travelled to the village of Guinea Grass to find Roberta Medina. Nobody we spoke to the in the village knew anybody by that name. The very organized scheme was only discovered when Vasquez-Medina took his new certificate to the Social Security Board to get his card. He had been given one previously on the strength of his work permit, and a clerk noticed that the mother’s name on that card, and the one on the nationality certificate were different. The Police were called in and Vasquez-Medina was arrested. We are told that the file is on the desk of Director of Immigration, Maria Marin, as part of the investigation. Marin, ironically, is the person who signed Vasquez-Medina’s nationality certificate. There is no explanation of what we have been told is a very irregular processing of a nationality certificate in one day, without the standard vetting which would have turned up the fact that Belizean Roberta Medina is not the mother of Rafael Vasquez-Medina. Today Director Marin did not answer our calls or texts, and neither did Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse. We’ll keep following this story to see what develops. 

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7 Responses for “Nationality certificate to Rafael Medina rushed in 1 day by Immigration Director”

  1. Beano for Deano says:

    just another government scam that will have no real investigation. Although if it was poaching by a non-minister they might make an example and throw us some red meat, sending a criminal to prison, making everyone feel good and so we will believe things are getting better in the jewel.

    Ali BaBarrow will rattle on about how great his favorite thief Hulse is doing, all that effective work on the passport investigation revealing nothing happened. Penner and Castro will get a ticker tape parade as part of their booty patrol.

    What will happen next? Belizeans will forget? or the cover-up investigation will never finish? or some red meat will be sacrificed to promote UDP justice?

  2. sickntired says:

    I done reach di stage weh i just want to hear any explanation just fi mek di news juicy. Like i no care no mo bout what them want to do. I think we done reach a level of de-sensitization dat we no care nomo bout corruption murder rape or any crime. Soon we weh be just like dem african country weh nothing matta except how i weh get my next meal.

  3. Al Rich says:

    Wow!!!, in the midst of an ugly scandal the sale of the country goes on. I have never seen a country that is up for sale brick by brick by the very people elected to serve, protect and improve the lives of it’s citizens.

    Why are we issuing work permits to other nationalities for menial work when we have so many Belize born citizens out of work. This whole government does not make sense. When will it end?

  4. Al says:

    Which is exactly the kind of thinking and despair they want us to be in so that they can continue with corruption and hustling and down-trodden of the masses. Don’t give in. Don’t give in.

  5. ceo says:

    Do not let up the heat! Keep their feet to the fire! Good work! Expose corruption every where you find it! people are demanding better!

  6. ceo says:

    There concern and focus should not be on who is bringing the mess forward. They need to focus on who is committing the crime of coruption.

  7. Concern says:

    These ministers put cousins, nephews, nieces and every family member who seem qualified into position, so their secret will be safe. Johnnie have sister as CEO to try to cover up immigration scandal. Gasper has his family to cover up his mess, but when everything start to rotten, it cannot be covered anymore. While all these things are happening the leader has his family becoming billionaires, because millionaires are poor. We are reaping what we sow, but we cannot become disillusioned or give up!

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