Wednesday, March 11, 2015. BMG: An audio recording of a conversation between the People’s United Party (PUP) area representative for Orange Walk Central John Briceno and another man is creating quite a stir.
The over one hour long recording was released yesterday and portions aired on the evening news offer explosive insights into what the United Democratic Party (UDP) describes in a media statement as “multiple mass corruption schemes during the Musa/Fonseca era.”
Briceno, who served as the Deputy Prime Minister in the Musa administration from 1998 to 2008, talks candidly about events during those ten years, including the changes in ownership of BTL, the Yen swap venture and tax waivers for the Belize Bank.
The statement from the UDP says that as a deputy leader and Deputy Prime Minister at the time these alleged corrupt activities were happening, “Mr. Briceno, it must be noted, was not just a spectator in the Musa/Fonseca period.”
Saying that Briceno “knows exactly what he is talking about,” the official release from the UDP says that the party “believes that the Briceno tape is the most compelling evidence ever of the sweeping corruption and decay that permeated, at the highest levels, the PUP Administration and Party.”
The UDP says that PUP has not changed as is evidence by the fact that “most of the players in the Musa/Fonseca Administration continue to hold senior positions in the PUP today.”
The UDP press release concludes by saying that “the PUP leadership cannot ignore this dramatic development: never before has such a high-ranking politician indicted his own Party in his own voice.”
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