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Screen_Shot_2015-03-16_at_7.57.27_PMA couple in San Jose Village are in the middle of a land dispute and they claim that politics is at the center of their plight. Sebastaiana Escalante visited out studio today to file a complaint in which she says that the land on which she and her husband Carmelo Escalante have lived on for over 20 years is being taken away by other family members. The couple has decided to fight their rights to the land and have taken necessary procedures to contest the rights to the property. However, Escalante claims that the family has been at the losing end thanks to politics. She first explained how they acquired the land.


Sebastiana Escalante – Complainant


Hace 21 ano nos casamos yo y Carmelo y no teníamos casa donde vivir, yo quedaba en una casa de un tio, entonces cuando dio un tiempo mi suegro nos fue a buscar a San Pablo diciéndonos que él quiere que compremos una casa que está a lado de su casa de él, entonces mi esposo le dijo que no tenemos dinero, entonces el mismo se ofreció a llevarnos a Belize Bank a prestar para comprar la casa que es de si hermano Graciano Escalante, quien la señora querían que desaloje la casa, entonces se hizo lo tramites del préstamo y mi suegro firmo para nosotros, compramos la casa y Graciano Escalante mi cuñado nos dio el recibo adonde pagamos para la casa, fue firmado por JP y todo, mi suegro llevo el recibo a Belize Bank para que nos den el préstamo luego nosotros cruzamos a vivir haya en la casa desde entonces, ahora él nos dijo que nos iba a dar el pedazo de terreno pero nunca se hizo en escritura, ahora que el murió de un de repente su señora y sus hijos se molestaron conmigo por problemas siempre familiares ahora quieren que yo salga de mi casa, entonces yo supe que ellos van hacer cerco y no me quieren dejar portada para que yo entre y salga busque ayuda con un abogado y fui con Mr. Marcel Cardona y le explique mi situación y él me dijo que yo tengo derecho de squater rights y es eso que ya aplique en Belmopan.”


A representative from the Lands Department went to the residence on February 27th but after a confrontation with the family members, Escalante says the representative informed her he could not do more and referred her to the court.

 

Sebastiana Escalante – Complainant


Cuando llego Mr. Méndez lo llamaron a él y empezaron a discutir que no se va dar el pedazo que por haya y por aquí y dijo el señor sabe que yo no puedo hacer nada, el señor de Lands que no puede hacer nada y que se vaya a la corte y bueno como conozco el problema de ellos yo no voy a discutir con nadie lo vamos a llevar a la corte porque voy a pelear cosa que es mío y que trabaje junto con mi esposo y es algo que me pertenece.”


Escalante adds that she believes that the matter is being complicated by politics and found it important to come forward to the media with her story so that the public at large can see the challenges faced by families when politics become involved.


Sebastiana Escalante – Complainant


Yo hable con Vega y le dije tengo un problema así, así y dijo él no hay problema yo hablo con la señora y solo que ella de su firma y se subleva el pedazo y yo voy a pagar todo, cuando el dio la sita en su oficina fue mi esposo y mi hija yo no fui y fueron todos sus hijos de la señora y se llenó dos camionetas de ellos y que le dijeron a el que escoja dos votos que ni están seguro a 39/40 que son ellos entonces dijo Mr. Gaspar yo no puedo hacer esto que esto vaya a la corte. Para que sepan  lo que esta pasando que uno tiene derecho a que respete lo que el abogado está peleando lo que es mío, estoy pidiendo un pedazo de tras de mi casa no estoy pidiendo lo que mi difunto suegro dijo hasta la punta la mitad nada más y lo único que me interesa es mi hogar porque has sido 21 años.”


Escalante and her husband have hired the services of attorney Marcel Cardona who explained to us today how his clients’ rights are upheld in the law.


Marcel Cardona – Legal Counsel for Escalante


“Section 138 of the registered land act which now regulates all land affairs in the Orange Walk and Corozal District specifically states that anyone that is in an open peaceful and continues occupation of land for a period of in excess of a period of twelve years of private land has a right to claim what is referred to as squatter’s rights, now that piece of legislation is an improvement over the previous legislation which required claimants to have to go first to the Supreme Court, go through the long convoluted and very expensive process of going to the Supreme Court to avail themselves of their rights, this new legislation, the registered land act was an attempted to simplify the process to allow even the humblest of claimant to go through protracted litigation through the Supreme Court it would allow them upon bringing sufficient evidence such as Affidavit of neighbors once they are able to convince the registrar of lands that this is the case then they would give them title or squatters’ rights, It doesn’t matter who you are you have to be given your rights established under the laws once you can prove to the satisfaction of the law.”


Dalila Ical – Reporter


“And in this case you maintain that your client has established that right?”


Marcel Cardona – Legal Counsel for Escalante


“Certainly, she has!”


Cardona contends that his clients have followed proper procedures and gathered necessary evidence to prove their right over the land but have not been able to have their rights observed. They have also obtained numerous affidavits from neighbors and people who know the family who know how they acquired the land.  We attempted to contact the lands department for comment on the matter but have been unable to reach anyone.

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