And from a magistrate we go to an attorney who is also in the hot seat tonight. He is not other than the very vocal Marcel Cardona former U.D.P Area Representative for Orange Walk East. Cardona is being accused of using conduct unbecoming to his profession and a complaint has been filed against him to the Judicial and Legal Services Commission. The complaint was filed by one Hana Belickova from the Czech Republic. In the affidavit Belickova states that back in 2012 Cardona was defending one Martin Muzikant before the Corozal Magistrate Court in a criminal case for misdemeanor charges one escape from custody and two possession of passport not entitled to have.
In a letter presented as evidence by Belickova it shows that Cardona emailed Belickova informing her that on Tuesday April 23rd 2012 they would be going to court to try to get her son Martin Muzikant out on bail. In the email Cardona states that he has contacted someone close to the magistrate in order to carry out her son’s instructions which at that time were to do anything to get him out of jail. In the email Cardona indicates that it will take $20,000 to get Muzikant out on bail. That’s bribery of the judiciary system.
The email states that Muzikant would plead guilty to the offense of being in unlawful possession of a passport and be fined $1,000. As for the second offence of escaping from police custody he would plead not guilty and be granted bail of no more than $5,000. Further in the email it shows how much money Belickova had already sent to Cardona. It added up to $28,000 plus a $1,100 that Muzikant had in his pocket when he was arrested and Cardona was holding. That money would be used to pay the $20,000 for bail to be granted and the $6,000 bail. That adds up to $26,000 leaving a remaining balance of $3,100 which Cardona claims in the email would go to him for his services leaving a remaining balance owned to him of about $4,000. To make a long story short it seems that Belickova did not bite the hook when it came to the $20,000 bribery story Cardona fed her. So now she is claiming that some $28,000 be returned to her by Cardona. She states in her affidavit that Cardona has given her he run around and hence she made a formal complaint to the Judicial and Legal Services Commission in June of 2013. We understand that commission has met and is considering what steps to take. We understand that they have recommended to the Chief Justice that Cardona be placed on suspension for a year. The Chief Justice though is yet to make a ruling.
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