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At this point, the Senate hearing ended. It was one of the most difficult for the Chairman and Committee members because Middleton took on the nature of a hostile witness and even though he swore under oath to tell nothing but the truth, he was clearly cagey, super cautious and conspicuously concealing something. In the past three hearings, Middleton has been identified and fingered by not less than four persons, including three Immigration Officers for playing   some role in the case of handling visas that went missing from the Western Border. For former UDP Belize City Council financial controller Patrick Tillett, Middleton was the Immigration agent who he hired and paid $3,000 to get visas and ensure that they were processed. Today, when asked to respond to the allegations directly, Middleton claimed they were all false and that he doesn’t even know Tillett.


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Are you denying that this conversation never took place with Mr. Tench?”


Screen_Shot_2017-03-29_at_8.11.49_PMBarton Middleton


“Am just saying that I have no recollection of it Sir”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“You don’t recall speaking to him?”


Barton Middleton


“No”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Ok, he recall very vividly speaking to you and he said that when he spoke to you about the VISAS that were missing you said to him that you got the VISAS through a person in Corozal Town identified as Gadhafi that is what Mr. Tench’s evidence said that you said that you got the VISAS which you now don’t remember from Gadhafi, do know Gadhafi?”

 

Barton Middleton


“No”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Mr. Tench also said that he went to Corozal Town spoke to Gadhafi and he pointed the finger back at you to say that you were really the mastermind behind getting these stolen VISAS, you find that funny, you recollect that part?”

 

Barton Middleton


“No Sir”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Ok, was there something that you found humorous?”


Barton Middleton


“Just find it humorous that is all.”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Ok, is there a particular reason?”


Barton Middleton


“No”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Ok, so Gadhafi said that you were the mastermind about these stolen VISAS, I hope that you can appreciate that I am not making this up, I am not sitting here making this up?”


Barton Middleton


“Am not saying that you are”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“No that’s why am saying that this is the evidence that one, two, three persons have identified you in this situation; one Mr. Tillette, two Mr. Tench: Mr. Tillette he spoke to you, Mr. Tench says he spoke to you, Mrs. Casanova who you admit knowing says she spoke to you as well but you don’t recall having any conversation with either these three of them?”


Barton Middleton


“No Sir”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Either Mark Tench would have to be lying out rightly about having spoken to you about this and you having communicated to him about this or you simply do not recall, cannot recall something that actually took place isn’t that so?”


Barton Middleton


“What’s the question, what’s the question?”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“I wanted to say whether you agree with a conclusion that is the question that I have arrived at, either Mr. Tench is lying about you, is not being truthful about you, he is making up a story about you or you don’t remember something that actually took place?”


Barton Middleton


“I can’t come to that conclusion because I don’t know if Mr. Tench is lying or telling the truth.”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Because you don’t recall”


Barton Middleton


“I don’t recall”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Do you suffer from any medical impediment which affects your memory?”


Barton Middleton


“Well, I can’t say that for sure recently I removed a tumor from the back of my head so I don’t know.”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“You remove a tumor from the back of your head?”


Barton Middleton


“Yes”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Where was this done?”


Barton Middleton


“In Corozal”

Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee

“In Corozal Hospital”

Barton Middleton


“Yes”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Corozal Hospital does brain surgery?”


Barton Middleton


“Is a group of white people that come in every once in a while and they coming in to aid with surgeries wand stuff like that.”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Was the surgery outside of your skull or inside the skull?”


Barton Middleton


“I am not sure, I can’t recall.”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“You can’t recall whether your skull was open to remove a tumor?”


Barton Middleton


“I was put under anesthesia sir.”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Aha but when you woke up…”


Barton Middleton


“You find that funny?”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Actually I am flabbergasted but I get to ask the questions, it’s not funny I don’t find it funny.”


Barton Middleton


“Ok because surgery is a serious thing.”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Yes and that is why I don’t understand how you would not know if the surgery was either performed outside of the skull or inside of the skull.”


Barton Middleton


“I can’t recall whether it was inside or outside of the skull all I know I was put to sleep and they cut at the back of my head for two hours.”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Patrick Tillette, you’ve said you don’t know him it was an affirmative statement you didn’t say you didn’t recall Patrick Tillette whether or not right you just said that?”


Barton Middleton


“Yes”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“So that would mean that Patrick Tillette is blatantly lying about you, yes or no you don’t agree?”


Barton Middleton


“Well, if Mr., Patrick Tillette said this things then he is lying.”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“He is lying, ok so he is lying that he paid you three thousand dollars?”


Barton Middleton


“That’s what I just said.”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Am asking a question?”


Barton Middleton


“What’s the question?”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Is Mr. Tillette lying about paying you three thousand dollars?”


Barton Middleton


“Yes”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee

“Is Mr. Tillette lying about having ever met you?”

Barton Middleton

“Yes”

Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Is Mr. Tillette lying about speaking to you?”


Barton Middleton


“Yes”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“You admit that you know Mrs. Casanova?”


Barton Middleton


“Yes”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Is she a friend of yours?”


Barton Middleton


“Explain friend?”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“I thought that was remedial, a friend to my understanding a friend is somebody who you have more than a professional or causal relationship with, somebody you speak to, somebody you meet with, I really don’t feel to explain what a friend is but , do you know what a friend is?”


Barton Middleton


“Not really”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Do you have any friends?”


Barton Middleton


“No”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Ok that would mean that Mrs. Casanova is not your friend since you don’t have any friends?”


Barton Middleton


“Exactly”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“How can you say you don’t have any friends if you don’t know what friend means?”


Barton Middleton


“I don’t have any friends.”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Ok so Mrs. Casanova is not your friend?”


Barton Middleton


“No she is not.”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Mr. Lindsey Wade in his swore testimony or evidence before us said that he got your number from a friend, got your number from a friend and he called you and he spoke to you and that you said that you never mentioned his name to Mark Tench but you said that this never happened at all?”


Barton Middleton


“No Sir”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“So Lindsey wade would have had to make that up along with Mark Tench, Patrick Tillette, Ines Casanova, all of them are all making this up about you?”


Barton Middleton


“Sir, I don’t know anything about any stolen VISAS.”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“I didn’t ask you that?”


Barton Middleton


“Am just telling you that because you keep asking me about VISAS and I don’t know anything about it.”


Chairman Aldo Salazar – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Because it keeps not making any sense to me and I am sure it is not just to me.”


Senator Mark Lizarraga – Member Special Senate Select Committee


“Mr. Middleton if find it incredibly difficult to believe that a bunch of people would plot to give this Committee under oath false testimony about your knowing them about them having spoken to you and you are not even admitting that they spoke to you about any of these matters, is that correct?”


Barton Middleton


“Yes Sir”


Following the conclusion of the Senate hearing, the members called Middleton into a private session where his sensitive situation was likely further discussed. Middleton has been advised that he will be asked to return to the Senate hearing at a future date. Exactly when is unknown, but we do know that the Senate hearings will be taking a three-week break and should resume on April 26th.

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