PM speaks on Castro’s troubles with sons

Today the media got a chance to catch up with Prime minister Dean Barrow to ask him for his comments on various issues. One of those issues is the bad  press that Minister Edmond Castro has had over the past few months, the  most recent being his sons being caught with contraband in Orange Walk and their brush with police officers in Belize City earlier the same day.vlcsnap-00108vlcsnap-00054

Rt. Hon. Dean O. Barrow, Prime Minister & Minister of Finance: Minister Castro’s sons were not involved in any incidents that had to do with any abuse of government property, any purloining of government resources. And I saw the ages of the two young men, these are adults. I don’t see that Minister Castro can be expected to answer for the behavior of his adult children and that’s where I would leave it. I know that, in fact, he certainly clearly would rather that these incidents had not happened, but how he treats with that is a family matter and I don’t think that it is vlcsnap-00198my place to get into that at all, at all. Minister Castro’s sons were not involved in any incidents that had to do with any abuse of government property, any purloining of government resources. And I saw the ages of the two young men, these are adults. I don’t see that Minister Castro can be expected to answer for the behavior of his adult children and that’s where I would leave it. I know that, in fact, he certainly clearly would rather that these incidents had not happened, but how he treats with that is a family matter and I don’t think that it is my place to get into that at all, at all. My limited understanding which svlcsnap-00057ays that the police involved may have acted with more force in the circumstances than was required. If that is so and as a consequence the officers involved or the particular officer who was going to do the charging decided that, let’s work this out. I won’t charge, and in turn these people won’t sue me or the department or government for any kind of abuse. I think that’s all to the good. I again, it wasn’t as though the young men were involved in the commission of some absolutely serious crime. Unfortunate incident, unfortunate set of instances but if they worked it out I think that’s fine.

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