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Mar 20, 2014

The private prosecution of Elvin Penner

Just before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin ordered the Commissioner of Police to carry out a criminal investigation on the former minister of state, Elvin Penner, for his involvement in the illegal issuance of a passport to Won Hong Kim, there was another move for an investigation. It was started by the feisty and vocal Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, COLA. COLA went to the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court to file a claim seeking to have a private prosecution of Penner. The claim is that Penner committed two criminal offences when he made a false statement in respect of a nationality certificate used to procure the passport for Kim contrary to section twenty-two of the Belize nationality act. The second offence is for recommending Kim so that he could obtain a Belizean passport, which is contrary to section thirty-one-H of the passport act chapter. COLA was then allowed to procedure to court on March twenty-seventh. But the big news tonight is that COLA has received some good news in respect of their case; that is because the Director of Public Prosecution has agreed to join COLA in the claim. President Giovanni Brackett told News Five this evening of the D.P.P.’s decision. Brackett also says that they are requesting all necessary files for the private prosecution and that a meeting between D.P.P. and COLA’s attorney is set for Tuesday. Penner has not been seen in the country nor has he been questioned. But the Mexican press has been picking up the story after Penner and his wife, Rocio, appeared frolicking at a Chetumal restaurant drinking Mexican beers. According to the newspaper accounts, Penner is a fugitive from justice.

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4 Responses for “The private prosecution of Elvin Penner”

  1. Rod says:

    One thing I can say for the big thief penner he has good taste in women.

  2. Free Belize says:

    Oh please “Rod”….your comment is like ufffff!!!!….you probably need glasses, hoy eye center is offering a discount that ends the month of march……..

  3. beliazean for life says:

    No u guys make me laugh. I saw him yesterday in Cayo district. Channel five get ur facts straight.

  4. curious says:

    It would be a big joke if nothing happens with the opposition leader’s efforts and COLA goes through with this to the end. Let’s see how this plays out.

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