Screen_Shot_2015-11-30_at_8.09.27_PMInternational fugitive David Miguel Nanes Schnitzer, aka David Banes, wanted by the Mexican Government for defrauding investors of forty-two million U.S. dollars, got bail on two separate charges of possession of forged documents, despite the gravity of the case.


Upon receiving bail, Nanes Schnitzer wasted no time and skipped town. Tonight, no one knows where he is and many people are upset about his escape, including the Mexican Government.


The fact that Nanes Schnitzer received bail is raising eyebrows and has placed the country’s Justice System under scrutiny. On Saturday, the Prime Minster was drilled about the case and he told the media that while he has his own views on the issue, he respects the court’s decision, but something just doesn’t add up.


Honorable Dean Barrow – Prime Minister of Belize


“I wasn’t here but I knew before I went away that the Mexicans were anxious to get Nanes and we would have loved to simply send him across to Mexico but we have due process, we have legal requirements that we must follow and in the course of trying to comply with due process requirements in this country he was taken before the court, the courts gave him bail, I have my own views about that determination of the courts but you know in this country we respect judges and so that is what is was.”


The Mexican Government had sent a request for Nanes’ extradition. But while the extradition agreement exists between both countries, it was never brought into force here in Belize, so, Nanes could not be held on the basis of the extradition warrant, says the P.M.

 

Honorable Dean Barrow – Prime Minister of Belize


“The Mexicans are very upset understandably so but we have to follow our rules and requirements, we have to follow due process as I said, we have to comply with our laws.”


Reporter


“Sir, is it regrettable to you though that in principle a fugitive has escape from confine enforcement of the law in Belize?”

 

Honorable Dean Barrow – Prime Minister of Belize


“Of course it is regrettable, I said I would have wanted us to be able to hand him over from the time he was first found in Belize but there are court rulings we, I am not sure whether it was our government or another administration did something like that and the court said you can’t do that so we respect the law in this country, I very much regret that we were not simply shipped him out to the Mexicans but I do not regret the fact that we chose to follow the law even at the risk of offending our best neighbor we chose to be true to our culture, our legal requirements, our democracy.”

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