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Yesterday Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action, COLA, made a striking revelation into the investigations done by the office of the Auditor General into the immigration scandal starring disgraced former Minister Elvin Penner. COLA officials say that the report further incriminates Penner and other high ranking officials in the Immigration Department.

 

The information found in the report also helps the NGO in their case against Penner which goes back to court on June 26th. But despite all the evidence and some being obvious, the Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow has said repeatedly that Penner has committed no criminal act stressing that there is a difference between, what he calls legal, and factual guilt. The PM again referred to this in his press conference held Wednesday of this week. COLA’s Attorney, Kareem Musa however feels otherwise.


Screen_Shot_2014-06-13_at_8.12.42_PMKareem Musa – COLA’s Attorney


“How else can you establish legal guilt without the facts, you need a factual matrix and it is called evidence Mr. Prime Minister, that evidence which your functionaries and I am naming the Commissioner of Police, I am naming the Auditor General because this was leaked this did not come from her, I am naming the Ombusbudman  who backed up that auditor General in saying that they will not disclose the true facts to the private Prosecutors in this case, so I want to tell the Prime Minister that there is not difference between legal guilt and factual guilt in order to get the legal guilt you have to get the facts and that is what is missing and that is what your government is covering up.”

And as it pertains to the cover up allegations or speculations, the PM says this is not the case. Again, Musa says there is more than enough proof in the inconsistencies that have riddled the investigations or lack thereof into the Penner immigration scandal.


Kareem Musa – COLA’s Attorney


“It is his Commissioner of Police that one that he is paying, the one that he appointed that today refuses to give us the evidence, it is DPP that has fallen off the radar, we have not heard from the DPP, it is his Auditor General that has not come forth with this Auditor’s’ General report we had to actually get this from an anonymous source, a patriotic Belizean has come forward with this very damning report.”


The report is preliminary but COLA believes it contains vital information that can assist the NGO in its case against Penner.

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