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Belize Supreme Court building

Belize Supreme Court building

AARON HUMES Reporting: Chetumal student 23 year old Zurisaday Villasenor Mendez was due back in court this morning for the continuation of his trial on firearms and ammunition charges but failed to appear.

In October 2012 he was busted at the Las Vegas Casino and Hotel but his case, initially heard in Corozal, was transferred to Belize City after alleged threats to presiding Magistrate Narda Morgan.

Attorneys Ellis Arnold SC and Arthur Saldivar challenged Morgan’s hearing of the case in the Supreme Court alleging that she is out of jurisdiction, having been assigned to San Ignacio court.

The Supreme Court recently turned down that motion and it was scheduled to be appealed.

In court this morning a bench warrant was issued for Mendez’s arrest. Mendez is out on bail of $75,000 granted by Justice Troadio Gonzalez on February 7, but he had had to surrender his travel documents to authorities as condition for his bail.

The matter is adjourned.

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