Washington comments on swift dismissal of Elvin Penner

vlcsnap-2013-10-15-08h40m50s162The shenanigans in Belmopan have apparently gotten the attention of Washington, as Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Immigration Minister Godwin Hulse have been in touch with U.S. Charge D’affaires at the Embassy, Margaret Hawthorne.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

vlcsnap-2013-10-15-09h21m49s213“I have heard from my CEO that the Charge expressed great satisfaction, and in fact congratulations, over the swiftness with which I moved to dismiss Penner, after the report was taken to me.  I believe that the Charge also asked the CEO that the Embassy be kept informed as to the progress of matters.  It may well be that since the US has helped our systems and equipment, in terms of strengthening the passport system, that they may have spoken directly to the Minster on this matter.  I certainly have not had any direct conversation with the Embassy. “

Minister Godwin Hulse

vlcsnap-2013-10-15-12h55m39s90“As Prime Minister said, the Charge has said she looks forward to a meeting with me as soon as possible.  We haven’t arranged one yet.”




vlcsnap-2013-10-15-13h01m58s207But the Prime Minister deflected to the Police Department any questions of U.S. assistance with the ongoing investigation.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Both the CEO and the Minister say [Arthur Saldivar] should turn over the files, and the longer he waits the worse he makes it, because there’s such a thing as a chain of custody.  How will the Police operate on the basis of files that he has had in his possession, that he’s able to do whatever with.  But as to whether the police should issue a warrant to search the man’s home, again that’s a matter for the Police.  Clearly the Department would light the fires, in order to further the inquiry process.  But how the Police go about trying to recover those files is a matter for them.”  

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