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Posted: Monday, July 23, 2018. 1:30 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Following a year’s worth of public hearings, the Senate Special Select Committee is almost finished with the first draft of its report.

According to Committee President, Senator Aldo Salazar, the first draft should be ready within two to three weeks, pending some verification of some documents from the committee’s attorney.

Salazar explained that the committee had met several times this year, in an effort to develop a framework for the draft and added that he is hoping that the finished report would be ready either by December or early January 2018.

Once completed the committee will submit the report and the subsequent recommendations to the Senate, which will then debate the report. Salazar emphasized that the committee can only make recommendations and that it will be up to the relevant authorities to take action.

The Special Select Committee was formed to investigate allegations of corruption cited in the Auditor General’s Special Audit Report of the Immigration and Nationality Department, following the Wong Hon Kim incident, where a Korean national inside a Taiwanese detention facility ended up with a Belizean passport.

The committee held a total of 42 meetings between 2016 and 2017, calling several high profile witnesses such as former government minister Elvin Penner, Police Commissioner Allen Whylie and former Immigration Director Maria Marin.

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