By Aaron Humes: Businessman Bradley Paumen returned today to Belmopan Magistrate’s Court on more charges related to his ongoing battle with Michael Modiri. Paumen, already accused of abetment to commit murder, is now accused of planting a firearm in Modiri’s vehicle.
In May of 2015, police were tipped off that a vehicle on the Hummingbird Highway being driven by Modiri had an unlicensed firearm inside. Police made the bust of Modiri and his three female occupants for keeping unlicensed ammunition and firearm and prohibited material for a silencer on the weapon.
Police are now saying they believe Modiri was set up by his enemy, Paumen, to get him in trouble with the law.
Also charged were Jahanjir Abadi, a Belmopan businessman; Lisburn Anderson, Paumen’s mechanic who is already accused of conspiracy to commit murder, and a woman of Asian descent, for assisting to plant the illegal items in Modiri’s vehicle.
In the morning session presided over by Magistrate Ladonna John, Anderson gave a plea and a submission was made by the defense but the Magistrate chose to recuse herself and the case was handed to another magistrate.
This afternoon, Paumen was cheered on by his workers as he entered court, but inside no plea was taken on the charges for him nor Abadi as they are considered indictable offence. All were remanded into custody until the adjournment date on the 8th of March; however, tomorrow there will be a bail hearing for Abadi in Cayo.
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