Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017. 10:55 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Amidst a wave of bad press for Minister Edmond Castro, first because of the revocation of his diplomatic and tourist visas a couple weeks ago and again this week because of a series of shenanigans involving his two sons, contraband and police; a Bullet Tree resident has now come forward alleging that Castro, who is Minister of Transport, is manipulating the justice system to cover up a road traffic accident involving his son Jafari Castro.
Cayo businessman, Rolando Diaz, in an exclusive interview with BBN, explained that on December 7, 2016, he was driving with his wife from Esperanza to Central Farm in the Cayo District when a vehicle hit him on the tail end of his white pickup truck while he was making a turn. The impact caused him to lose control and end up in a ditch.
Diaz said that the driver of the vehicle, Jafari, offered to settle with him out of court but he refused. Castro allegedly responded that Diaz should take the settlement because the issue would never make it to court since he is a minister’s son.
Diaz said that police took him to the hospital before escorting him to the San Ignacio police station to make a report, but by the time he got there, Jafari was already at the station. Once there, the officers allegedly asked him to sign off on a document which chronicled an entirely different set of events in relation to the accident, in which he was at fault for the crash.
Diaz says he refused to sign the document and left the station only to be contacted sometime after by Minister Castro himself who demanded that Diaz’s insurance pay for the damages to Jafari’s truck. Castro also allegedly claimed to have a police report that put Diaz at fault for the accident.
Diaz requested a copy of the report from San Ignacio police, but was told to wait two weeks. Diaz claims he went to Belmopan to try and get the report prepared through an express service, only to be told that no such report exists on any accident involving himself and Jafari Castro.
The situation got more complicated after Diaz’s insurance provider, allegedly called him to come in and sign off on a claim, which purported him to be at fault for the damage to Castro’s vehicle, even though he had not called his insurance provider to tell them about the accident.
Diaz has secured an attorney, and is preparing to take the matter to court, because he claims he is plagued with physical problems as a result of the accident; however, San Ignacio police are not cooperating, he said and he feels that it is the work of the Minister. Diaz has also provided BBN with photos that show Jafari, a police officer and the damaged vehicles at the scene of the accident. Based on the images provided to BBN it appears that the white pickup truck driven by Castro sustained damage to the front right portion while Diaz’s truck was damaged to the back left portion.
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