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May 7, 2014

3 weeks before trial date, COLA’s hope is with the D.P.P.

Kareem Musa

It’s a frustrating development – or maybe we should say lack of development – for COLA. The small grass-roots organization has taken the lead in the Penner fiasco, even as it appears that government wants nothing more than to let it all go away. With three weeks to go before trial date, much hope is being placed on D.P.P. Cheryl-Lynn Vidal, who by virtue of her position should have ready access to all evidence gathered by the Police Department.


Kareem Musa, Attorney for Private Prosecution

“I am still very hopeful that there will be something to disclose. I still have faith and confidence in the DPP. Like I said she is an independent institution. Although she was appointed by this government, she is an independent institution. Likewise the ComPol is an independent institution, not that I have much faith in him. But in the DPP, I still have some faith in her. There is always to be a separation of powers, and although a line is to be drawn between the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary, oftentimes, and to use the words of our Attorney-General, oftentimes that line is artificial. It is an artificial line. And sometimes there is interference from the Legislature in those different bodies. And I would want to hope that in fact the DPP is an independent body, because that is what I believe, and I want to hope that I will be getting that file. And to answer your question point-blank…if we are not getting the evidence from these entities that are supposed to be giving us the evidence…I don’t want you to lose any hope but what can we do? What can we do if we are not getting the evidence from the bodies that have been entrusted to gather the evidence?”


On March seventh, 2014, Vidal advised via email that based on evidence she had seen, she was considering charging Elvin Penner under Section one seven eight of the Criminal Code. In that email, Vidal also stated that, “I have also given certain directives to the police in relation to the gathering of further evidence which would enable the consideration of yet another indictable offence which is not subject to a period of limitation.” Vidal closed by stating that she trusts that the investigators would act with dispatch in carrying out her directives so there could be a resolution to the matter shortly. That was March seventh, 2014 – two months ago.

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2 Responses for “3 weeks before trial date, COLA’s hope is with the D.P.P.”

  1. My Belize again says:

    weh Whylie he deh? If you di read this Commissioner, Make your name righteous do the right thing man, nuh because dem idiots appoint you dat mean you wah do anything deh want… dat cant work… POLICE IS POLICE… GOB da NO GOOD. live by your Police Standing Orders/ Rules… I hope that COLA succeeds in their quest to get Penner some jail time and prove once and for all that we the people have spoken and will not stand for any more crap from GOB even if the COMPOL cant get the job done…. thanks to the Court…

  2. Kaila Moralez says:

    Kareem you don’t need DPP you need to subpoenae dean barrow.

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