Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2021. 2:43 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: New leader of the Opposition Patrick Faber has already committed himself to not spend time defending alleged wrongdoing by his former government colleagues.
But that resolve will be tested by the exposé of alleged major land fraud announced by new Minister of Natural Resources Cordel Hyde last week, and supported by former political insider, Eddie de la Rosa.
Summarized, the former Works Minister and Cayo Central representative and various associates are accused of covertly taking prime lands countrywide using the names of persons who had no idea their Social Security numbers and signatures were being used for purposes other than collecting Christmas Cheer and other government assistance. Hundreds of persons, according to de la Rosa, fell victim to this alleged identity theft by which the lands that were supposedly theirs were flipped to Montero’s associates for peanuts, and the victims never saw a dime.
Senate Opposition Leader and United Democratic Party chairman Michael Peyrefitte wants to see the evidence: “If … there was any wrongdoing then they’ll go from there but you can’t just allege you have to bring evidence, then if the state decides that they want to make any move then Mr. Montero has all rights.”
Peyrefitte, former National Security Minister and Attorney General, added of the UDP, “We will become concerned if and when credible evidence is produced, not just hearsay, not just innuendos, evidence. So, we will look at the evidence then we will have a discussion on it and take a position on it. … we are not going to crucify somebody who belongs to our party simply because a PUP says he was allegedly guilty of something.”
Montero has publicly denied wrongdoing and threatened media houses and social media operators with lawsuits over the allegations.
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