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Mar 19, 2014

Criminal investigation into Penner passport scandal in limbo

Godwin Hulse

The status of a criminal investigation at the Immigration Department remains somewhat in limbo following an order of Mandamus against Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie. The ruling was time sensitive since both summary offences used in procuring the order had periods of limitation which have since expired. An investigation commenced, and since then DPP Cheryl-Lyn Vidal issued specific directives to Police, following a consideration of two indictable offences with which former Minister of State Elvin Penner could possibly be charged. That was more than a week ago, and to our knowledge there have been no further developments, and allegedly no interrogation of Penner yet. Today Minister of Immigration Godwin Hulse told News Five that that investigation is just about ready to wrap up, but that’s all he can really say about that.


Godwin Hulse, Minister of Immigration

“The only update is that as you know the courts had ordered the commissioner of police to investigate further Minister Penner. To my mind there was a strange order because the police had been in there. But anyhow the police are back or the police have come back and they have interviewed all the people in the immigration that they thought was relevant for them to interview; looked at the same documents that they have originally again. Requested some additional documents both from the department and the ministry and that has been given to them and I think that they are preparing their file for the D.P.P. That is how that one is going. I can’t say anymore on that. With respect to the other set of people, as you know the commission met and gave their reprimand which is what the commission does and two were recommended to be immediately transferred from the department. Of course they are reinstated in the government service but not in immigration and the senior person Ms. Neal has been reinstated in the department itself.”


Mike Rudon

“How does that work out in terms of Ms Neal who has actually come back into immigration when it was recommended that she be terminated?”


Godwin Hulse

“It works because it is the government system. I mean the administration works, unlike the private sector where you send people home, remember that the public servants or public officers like they are now called are protected by the law, protected by the constitution and come under the public service commission. Once they are established staff, if they are open vote then that is a different thing. So that is why we have always taken the honorable position which is very clear. The director wrote to them, the director felt there was sufficient evidence to ask them to respond. They did or did not, whatever the case may be. Then it was recommended that they go before the commission. The commission was the one that suspended, the commission is the one that had the hearing, and after the commission met and heard they didn’t consider that the charges or the accusation were grievous enough to warrant more than what they have determined. So we have to respect that.”



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12 Responses for “Criminal investigation into Penner passport scandal in limbo”

  1. Lord LOL says:

    You all are very good example to the young people today(future leaders for tomorrow)… Nahh just kidding; you all are dirty scumbaggs. Please resign….I don’t say please very often….

  2. Rod says:

    Godwin you done learn how to lie thief and be corrupt that’s a big change from your holy redeemer school days when you pretended to be so righteous now look at you nothing but a common thief.

  3. StandUp says:

    Basically what Godwin is saying “we gone clear!” Oops, the time ran out and they forgot to question Penner, or didn’t see the need. All this reveals is that we cannot govern ourselves. Shame shame shame on us that no one loves the truth enough to stand up and identify the 800 lb gorilla in the room. The CJ did tho, when he chided the Commissioner for irresponsibility. This is a disgrace, other countries look at this and realize that Belize is just as corrupt as perceived and reported. The PM calls this “majority rule” and “democracy”

  4. hard woking Belizean says:

    Godwin Hulse is a big, fat JOKE!! Pretends to be so damn “by the book” however is full of CRAP just like his PM & the rest of the circus crowd we have as our Gov’t leaders!!

  5. CEO says:

    I always wonder how these guys can come before the public and talk this kind of crap. Do they think we believe them or that we are stupid? No, no I think I know why! They are repeating this crap so after saying it enough times they will start to believe it; perhaps they are hoping the public will do the same: wrong!

    The people of Belize need to stop being so political and quit focusing on blue or red because if the country progress we will all progress because when the tide rise all boats float. The average Belizean will not benefit in any way which party is in power, but we will all do well if whoever is in office does a good job.

  6. Belizean Pride says:

    I’m not surprise about the outcome but really angry to see how our country is being run by people who have lost the pride of our nation and to call themselves Belizean fu real.

  7. Ali BaBarrow, in Belize there is no justice. says:

    Hulse protects Ali, this is the highest priority of Belize.

    It does not matter about Hulse’s fig leaf investigation, Ali can grant clemency, pardons, and amnesty.

    Penner benefits being of the forty.

    Ali must show he controls the government to protect his band of thieves.

    damn the justice. Gangs rule. white collar gangs run the country.

  8. Timber says:

    Wow Godwin! You have reared and shown your ugly head. You actually believe any sensible , educated Belizean actually believe your b.s. and lies? Where in the world do you hear an offence like this is rewarded with retention of job, especially in the same department where the offense was committed? Has anyone ever asked what was your ROLE in this? Ahhhh, no one in the Belizean public has questioned that as yet. In the meantime, I challenge you to explain how you’ve been buying oil trucks from the US in your name. All of a sudden you’re rolling in money and have big business.

  9. Timber says:

    By the way, was Ms. Neal retained because you along with a few others, feared she would call your names in the scheme?

  10. BelizeanInAsia says:

    Seeing that these guys take Belizeans for fools are you all actually waiting for them to RESIGN??? Da fool di taalk and well….da fools di listen tuh! What are you waiting for???get them out. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again ‘WE LET THES POLICITIANS DESTORY THE COUNTRY AND THE FUTURE OF IT!!’

  11. rudy says:

    Godwin Hulse…the righteous man has gone to the dark side what a shame, so much potential to make difference i guess not ..when u have so much money di blow from all over place you loose your god fearing ways , i never mi a expect Godwin Hulse to fall into dah money trap…maybe he wah find his decency back..and come back to the light…power to the people

  12. rudy says:

    he should change his name from Godwin to IWIN…thats all he think about is himself…..

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