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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2019. 7:29 pm CST.

By BBN Staff:  The Belize Police Association issued a statement today, demanding to be removed as a claimant in the ongoing claim that association Chairman, Corporal Eldon Arzu, had filed against Commissioner of Police Chester Williams.

The elected members of the board said that Arzu did not have quorum when he attached the Association to the claim, which seeks to bar the ComPol from amending the Police Association Rules to limit the tender of the president to two years.

“…with no meeting and no quorum, Cprl. Arzu should not have acted arbitrarily and attached the Association as a claimant. He has exceeded his power as ‘Chairman’ and his actions are therefore ultra varies and illegal,” the Association said.

The Association also said that they have been asking Arzu to produce financial reports to show how member contributions are being spent, (over $65,000 in 2018 alone), but have not been able to get any such reports from him. Arzu has missed every scheduled meeting since the last one held on January 22, when the Association Board asked him for the reports.

The Association ended by noting how it regrets that the issue has been played out in the public sphere, and has committed to continue serving its members.

When asked about the claim, Commissioner Williams said that he did not mind being taken to court over the amendment, which was drafted and finalized before he took over as ComPol.

 

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