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Mar 11, 2014

Investigations continue into Immigration Scandal

Speculation about the pending arrest of former Minister of State with responsibility for Immigration Elvin Penner ran wild and free over the long weekend. On Friday, News Five was informed that a warrant had been issued for the politician turned pariah, but he had left the country. Today those reports intensified, with multiple sources claiming that Penner would be handing himself over to Police today. But at news time here is what we do know and are able to confirm. As late as Friday evening, Police had NOT brought in Elvin Penner for questioning. Nor had they questioned Penner’s political affiliate, former Mayor Alfonso ‘Ponchis’ Cruz, who signed on the Won Hong Kim document along with Penner. We can confirm that Director of Public Prosecutions Cheryl-Lynn Vidal was handed a file by investigators late Friday evening – five forty-three to be exact. After scrutiny of that file, Vidal refers to a possible criminal offense under Section one seventy-eight of the Criminal Code which makes it an offence to, “make a statement which is to his knowledge untrue for the purpose of procuring a passport whether for himself or any other person.” And we can confirm that the D.P.P. has instructed the Police to seek further evidence to support another charge against Penner. Neither of the two offences under the criminal code is subject to a period of limitation. Those directives from the D.P.P. came very late Friday, but we note the monumental significance. Ever since the immigration scandal broke, there has been the perception that Penner has enjoyed protection from the very highest levels of government. Now, on the heels of a landmark decision from the Supreme Court to issue a writ of mandamus, the country’s top prosecutor is, for all intents and purposes, confirming that there is enough evidence for Penner to be charged.

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6 Responses for “Investigations continue into Immigration Scandal”

  1. Rod says:

    Lock him up and this pm for conspiring to cover up crimes against the people and country of Belize penner and all involved should be charged with high treason including judas barrow .

  2. Geez! says:

    Penner travels under the new name Alvin Penarish Runawish. This courtesy of his buddies at the Immigration Department who have issued him with a new passport. If he can’t be found at
    his luxury home in San Ignacio or estate in Pine Ridge or driving around in his state-of-the-art Hummer he might be on his way to Bolivia………..if only he had created that meat-packing plant and created jobs for poor people we might have hidden the Godless Man here on 5th Street!

  3. Elgin Martinez says:

    Penner and his other colleagues in the GOB are a threat to Belize’s National Security.This is a heinous crime against the Belizean people.

  4. Elgin Martinez says:

    Penner and his other colleagues in the GOB are a threat to Belize’s National Security.This is a heinous crime against the Belizean people and the Country of Belize.

  5. /:-) / says:

    The ‘party’ system is a fraud whereby one signs an oath to the party rather than the constituants? they supposedly represents.
    Truth Is, your Creator/Maker has no respect for tyrants, subjects or slaves.
    It defeats the purpose of your creation.
    Should make sense.
    Pray in the vain of darkness all you like to no avail.

    If you want to be free, it must be earned.
    It requires a little courage and real faith; otherwise you are only fooling yourselves.
    The UDP ‘party’ is exploiting you with more than enough evidence/scandals.
    It is Past time to demand those responsible be removed from office asap for acts of high treason.
    If not, you deserve your fate.
    If your’faith was real, fear should/would not be the issue.
    You understand, naturally.
    Congrats to Audrey Matura Shephard for all the Right reasons.
    Time is ticking…..,

  6. Ali BaBarrow protects his 40 says:

    If the internal investigation that Admiral Hulse is complete, and the senate investigation now blocked in the impotent senate by Admiral Hulse; it is safe to say no evidence exists that a crime has been committed.

    Penner, Hulse, Bootyman, Vega, Contrerass, Espat, the rest of the cabinet, various UDP elite all report directly to and work for Ali, the thief master. The untouchables shall be untouched, and shall remain forever untouched.

    Ali Akbar!

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