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Screen_Shot_2014-08-27_at_8.07.28_PMAnd in a showing of wits and zeal, the People’s United Party today made a huge decision to suspend PUP’s Standard Bearer for Belize Rural North, Arthur Saldivar pending the outcome of an investigation on an allegation made against him on wrong doings by his former clients. The allegation, says Party Leader Francis Fonseca, is something they take very seriously. The media waited for comment at the PUP’s headquarters and thanks to our colleagues at 7News, we are able to provide you with the clip on this major decision coming out of Independence Hall as it pertains to Saldivar’s status within the party.


Hon. Francis Fonseca, PUP Party Leader


"The People's United Party has discussed the issue of Belize Rural North and the candidacy of Mr. Arthur Saldivar our standard bearer in that area. And I want to say we had a very robust discussion and at the end of that discussion the party took the decision that Mr. Arthur Saldivar would be suspended as a candidate for the P.U.P in Belize Rural North and from all party activities pending the outcome of on ongoing investigation that the party is carrying out into the very serious allegation that has been made in respect of certain monies which a client of Mr. Saldivar says he took and has not returned to her. That investigation has been ongoing, we expect that investigation to be concluded and a report to be delivered to myself and the national executive by September 12th; And the party will then meet convene a meeting at the national executive on September 17th, at which time a final decision will be made on this matter."


Reporter

 

"Given that you are not the police, what kind of investigation can you carry out?"


Hon. Francis Fonseca, PUP Party Leader 


"Well the best possible investigation, meaning that we will speak to all the relevant persons on both sides of the issue and gather any other independent information that we may be able to get our hands on."


Jules Vasquez


"Sir are you concern that they're other complaints pending with the general legal counsel about Mr. Saldivar's conduct as an attorney?"


Hon. Francis Fonseca- PUP Party Leader


"We are concerned and the committee will be looking at some of those."


Jules Vasquez


"Is Mr. Saldivar a liability to the P.U.P?"


Hon. Francis Fonseca, PUP Party Leader 


"That's not a determination that we are yet prepared to make. We are going to wait the outcome of the investigation and the entire national executive of the party will make a determination on this matter and will make a final decision. So there is due process but we understand and appreciate that the Belizean people expect that we act deliberately and decisively when matters like this come up."


Jules Vasquez


"Sir but there people would argue that he was duly elected and if you all remove or suspend him you'll abrogate the will of the people of Belize Rural North."


Hon. Francis Fonseca- PUP Party Leader 


"Well that's always a concern. That's the balance, that's therefore the need for a proper investigation to the matter."


The meeting had the participation of the man of the hour, Arthur Saldivar, who when confronted for comment, said nonchalantly that voters of his constituency will decide the fate of his candidacy.


Jules Vasquez

"Okay mr. Saldivar you just came out of a meeting. What's the outcome?"


Arthur Saldivar, Suspended as Standard Bearer - Belize Rural North 


"Well the outcome is of no importance at this time. Just suffice to say the people of Rural North have a champion to fight on their behalf. When it's time to talk, Jules we’ll talk."


Jules Vasquez


"Sir but I heard they're meeting to ice you, to take you out."


Arthur Saldivar


"When it's time to talk Jules, we'll talk."


Jules Vasquez


"Will you remain a standard bearer sir?"


Arthur Saldivar


"When it's time to talk Jules, we'll talk."


Fonseca told the media that an internal investigation has been launched and should be concluded by September 12th. For context, the allegation made against Saldivar was filed by the Coye family whom he helped to recover 1.6 million dollars.  We understand that Melonie Coye has retained the law firm of Courtney Coye LLP to recover over nine hundred thousand dollars that she claims Saldivar helped himself to. She alleges that on June 12th, she went with Saldivar to the Central Bank to recover 1.6 million dollars of her family's money from the Financial Intelligence Unit.  It took them until 8:30 pm to finish counting the money, which was in cash. She says Saldivar left with nine hundred and four thousand dollars in a suitcase and since then he has refused to return the money.

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