Last week we told you about the case that was dismissed against Efrain Alpuche and Saulito Vasquez who were accused of burning BSI sugar cane fields. Over the weekend, we spoke with Alpuche who told us more about that welcomed news. He said they had gone to court last Friday which was where they first heard of the dismissal.

 

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“We were informed that a memorandum came on the DPP’s office withdrawing the case against us, we were not given the details of the memorandum and I think my attorney will query that and will find out but we weren’t given the detail why it was withdrawn.”

 

Dalila Ical – Reporter


“All charges that you have been accused of have been dismissed and you guys are free of any charges?”


Efrain Alpuche


“Yes, we are free.”


Dalila Ical – Reporter


“Now this was a decision made by the DPP, it didn’t go further into trial do you still maintain your innocence in this whole accusation?”


Efrain Alpuche


“Of course am innocent and I knew I was so I didn’t really worried about that.”


Alpuche says that the incident had caused his family some distress and is considering whether to file a suit against anyone.


Efrain Alpuche


“I might contemplate and there were a couple of nasty comments that were made and the recordings that we have and see which ones were nasty because the mostly affected was my young son and he has to go to college and he got some negatives and that was not nice it hit me but don’t hit my family so we’ll look at it and go over it with my lawyer.”

 

20 acres, or about 700 tons, worth approximately $50,000 of the company’s sugar cane were set ablaze in a case of suspected arson on Monday May 18th at around 5:00 p.m. on the San Lorenzo Road. Velasquez and Alpuche were arrested almost immediately and appeared in court on May 22nd on a single count of arson. Upon the directive of the Director of Public Prosecution, the case was dismissed in court for a lack of sufficient evidence.

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