Saturday, September 27, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: On the surface they may not have anything in common: a former relative caught with local sugar suspected of going “through the back” to Guatemala, and a foreign couple whose vessel damaged the Belize Barrier Reef and who allegedly skipped out on payment to the Government.
But one man’s name runs through both stories: Senator Godwin Hulse, who was suspected of being contacted to intervene.
These allegations are serious, but even more so for the Senator because of his famous devotion to personal integrity.
And so he rallied to defend himself against the charges on Friday.
Concerning the first incident, which involved a former son-in-law, Hulse confirmed that the man no longer has connections to him, and justice must take its course in that regard.
The Customs Department elected to release the young man and others with a warning to get a proper permit to export sugar, as it was not an offence to hold local sugar and they could not definitively prove the sweet stuff was being illegally taken out.
The second matter is more straightforward: the Minister flat-out denied any communication with his colleague, Senator Lisel Alamilla, on the matter.
To date there is no indication of charges against the couple in Belize, nor of the compensation being paid.
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