Complete Penner file going to DPP, says ComPol

On Wednesday, Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie confirmed to reporters in Belize City that the Police Department’s investigation into alleged wrong doings in the issuance of a Belize passport and Belizean nationality to Wong Hong Kim in 2013 has been completed. It comes at nearly one year since the Commissioner was ordered by Writ of Mandamus from Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin last March to continue and complete the investigation into the issuance of the passport and nationality to the South Korean national and accused fugitive, who was seeking Belizean status to avoid extradition from Taiwan, where he was being held in prison.

Former Minister of State for Immigration and Nationality Elvin Penner, reportedly assisted by others in the Immigration Department, facilitated the creation of the passport, now returned, and the granting of nationality.

The Commissioner did not disclose details of what may be in the file, but in speaking on Wednesday he explained what will be done with the file at this point.

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Allen Whylie – Commissioner of Police

“The investigation had commenced, it has continued. The passport was retrieved. I think we are at the stage where the investigation is completed in terms of all the directives the Director of Public Prosecution had given the police to do. As is the norm, that file will be sent back to the DPP if it has not been sent already.”

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Commissioner Whylie also commented on the private prosecution of Elvin Penner by executive members of Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA), Geovannie Brackett and Nedal McLaren, which was halted in July after Magistrate Aretha Ford declined to exercise her powers under the law to bring the Commissioner to court during last year’s hearing. That matter is now under appeal and comes back up on February 27, and the Commissioner says he will act on the decision made in that case, including the possibility of a summons to court.

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Allen Whylie

“That is a private matter as you said. The outcome will decide whatever takes place. I am a law officer, and I will always obey the law and the court. That has nothing to do with me, what is taking place. Whatever is decided will be complied with.”

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The Commissioner had appealed the original decision of the Chief Justice.
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