Yesterday US Ambassador to Belize Carlos Moreno held a media round table at the US Embassy in Belmopan when he was fielded with a number of questions by the media. Unfortunately none of media representatives were allowed to record the session and it was until this afternoon that the U.S Embassy made available the video to media houses. Among the many questions asked yesterday to US Ambassador Moreno was if the U.S will make a move to have Doctor Errol Elrington, brother of Minister of Foreign and Attorney General, Wilfred Elrington extradited. As you may recall Doctor Elrington is now considered a US fugitive now living in Belize after an arrest warrant was issued for him in October, 2013. Doctor Elrington is wanted on charges of racketeering, medical fraud and health care fraud after he allegedly billed Medicare and Medicaid more than $400,000 for services that he never performed, and he employed an unlicensed physician who engaged in criminal sexual misconduct. So will the US seek Errol Elrington’s extradition? Here is what the US Ambassador had to say on the matter.
Carlos Moreno, U.S. Ambassador to Belize
“I’m not at liberty to comment on what measures the United States Government, particularly the Inspector General of the Department of Health Services has actually filed charges against Dr. Elrington and the Government of Belize. But I will say that I agree with the comments of Prime Minister Barrow mentioned in connection with this episode and that is that the United States and the country of Belize have certain protocols and treaties that regulate matters of extradition. It’s my hope, it’s my expectation that those protocols and treaties would be followed. As a former judge I have full confidence in the rule of law and I have full confidence in the judicial system of the United States, having spent forty years as a lawyer and twenty-five of those years as a judge on both state and appellate courts. And finally, I would say that I’ve been very proud of the measure of the quality of justice provided by the United States judicial system and I would measure that against any judicial system in the world.”
Viewers might recall that when interviewed about the matter with his brother Minister Elrington criticized the US judicial system and even accused them of fabrication.
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