Minister of National Security explains his relationship with Mason

It has been widely circulated that the accused murderer has made connections with various Ministers of Government and may have been awarded several contracts with various Government Departments. One of the Ministers with whom he has been associated is Belmopan Area Representative John Saldivar. At Monday’s briefing, Honorable John Saldivar was asked to explain his relationship with the accused murderer.

John Saldivar, Minister of National Securityvlcsnap-2016-07-19-14h31m56s111

I have not heard or seen Mr. Mason since September last year; we do not at this time have any friendship. The reason for that is because I was provided with background information that convinced me that I ought not to have a relationship with this gentleman. The same information which I believe is now being seen on various internet sites and so prior to that we knew nothing of that gentleman until that information was brought to us. He represented himself to be an upright and outstanding business man who assisted in the community and assisted in sports and assisted in many other areas. As soon as I found out from a source about his supposed background in other countries. I certainly decided for myself that it was not a good thing to have a friendship or relationship with him.”vlcsnap-2016-07-19-14h32m22s116

As we told you earlier, several guns were found when police searched the home of Mason, guns for which he produced
Belizean issued license; license we understand that were received one month after he was issued the fake birth certificate.  The gun license named Mason as a Belizean but his passport number was omitted. Minister Saldivar was asked to explain the process for one to get a gun license in the country.

John Saldivar, Minister of National Security

The Commissioner of police signs for gun licenses.I have never done any favor for Mr. Mason with respect to gun vlcsnap-2016-07-19-14h33m27s3licenses so those are all false allegations. I have never done so and as I’ve already pointed out to you in answering your  question it is the Commissioner of Police that approves gun licenses.”

Russell Blackett ,Acting Commissioner of Police
“I don’t know where you got your information but all applications of firearm has a police record attached, a vetting document attached, firearms application form and whatever other queries we would want.”

Llewelyn Lucas had been making public pleas via Facebook, asking the Minister of National Security to assist him in vlcsnap-2016-07-19-14h34m22s44vlcsnap-2016-07-19-14h34m33s151getting back his family home on 13 Cayo Street. There were a number of posts Lucas made that were directed to the Minister. Saldivar was asked to comment on that matter.

John Saldivar, Minister of National Security

“I have not read his site and I will not get into the details of what I know about him and I will not disclose any information about his family issues. He had made a public plea to me for me to help him with his family dispute over the house. I did not see it fit for me to get involved in a family matter.”

As we told you already, Mason and 4 other persons have been charged.  Police today did not offer any explanation of any motive that they may have come across already but ACP Blackett says they will go anywhere that the investigation leads.

Russell Blackett, Acting Commissioner of Belizevlcsnap-2016-07-19-14h33m33s63

“You will find that in the laws of interview and in the laws of investigation that anybody that the police believe can help them in the investigation will be questioned. We investigate as police officers and once we have persons within us that might be tinted we intent to go all the way in order to bring the people to justice.”

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