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Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017. 11:44 am CST.

Posted: Tuesday, June 20, 2017. 11:43 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize police Department has two alternate accounts of an arrest involving Jafari and Wasani Castro, the sons of Transport Minister Edmond Castro.

Information leaked to the media showed reports entered into the Police Department’s Crime Information Management System (CIMS), showed that the Castros were charged with driving an unlicensed vehicle, and that Wasani Castro punched on PC Dionicio Coc while at the precinct.

The report further states that Jafari Castro told the police that they were wasting their time because they cannot charge them, given that their father is Edmond Castro.

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, said that the accounts are untrue, despite being in the system. He maintained that the men weren’t actually charged, and that the information was leaked by someone within the department who was trying to “make mischief.”

Williams said that the Castros were not driving the vehicle when the officers approached them, so they could not have been charged with driving. With respect to the assault, Williams justified the incident by saying that the officer was out of line. Channel 7’s Jules Vasquez put the statement to Williams that Castro had assaulted the officer, to which Williams responded:

“That’s because he had the phone on the man face provoking the man. As police officers Jules we must respect people.”

Williams went on to say that the situation is being exaggerated, because the officer has decided, of his own volition,  that he will not pursue court action against Castro for assaulting him, and that Castro will not pursue any court action against the officer for provoking him.

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