The focus of yesterday’s press conference held by the appointed Minister in the Ministry of Immigration and Nationality pin-pointed basically what would be the fate of Elvin Penner. But one point that caught members of the head table off guard was that of Attorney Arthur Saldivar and the nationality applications, with a number of inconsistencies, he claims to have in his possession. It has been confirmed that there is no warrant issued for Saldivar’s arrest or to search his home as was rumored. That is a sticky situation which presently has the Immigration and Nationality Department in Belmopan under lock down.
In the case of the fraudulent passport which was issued to South Korean National Kim Wong Hong while he was in detention in Taiwan, three officers were suspended. These same three officers are being blamed for the destruction of files missing from Immigration and Nationality Department these include the files for Kim Wong Hong and those that are being presented by Saldivar to the media.
Candelaria Saldivar, C.E.O., Ministry of Immigration
“Mr. Penner is not a part of the public service and he is not guided under the public service regulation and under my supervision.”
“So the investigation that has been going on for the past nineteen, twenty days has not touched on Mister Penner?”
“Not for my part, no. The officers were written to individually and the infractions that we thought they had committed was shown to them in writing for them to comment on.”
“Was the investigation limited to only the files of this individual? Was it only for this citizen Kim or did you review other files that Minister Penner filed while he was the Minister of State?”
“The current suspension that the officers are on is for the Kim file.”
“Okay, given that Minister Penner has done some wrong—we don’t know to what extent—did you guys review other files that he signed as minister of state?”
“Presently like the minister mentioned earlier, we are currently in the process of doing an inventory check of all our files which will indicate if any of our files are missing."
“No, no, no. I understand that occurred because Mister Saldivar has indicated that he has some files. But I am asking did in your investigation so far prior to Mister Saldivar coming up with these files that he says that he has, did you also look at other files signed, other applications signed by Minister Penner to make sure that there were no irregularities there?”
“Minister Penner has been signing certificates since May. That would have to be a very extensive investigation which at this time, we have not been able to take on.”
While these three officers are being investigated at this point in time by the Ministry of Immigration and Nationality, Penner is in now way facing investigation on behalf of the Ministry or the Police Department.
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