Posted: Monday, November 29, 2021. 7:14 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: As suggested by Minister of Home Affairs Kareem Musa, the Belize Police Department will seek a ‘Special Prosecutor’ in the cases of the Bladen 11 and now the ‘Mountain Pine Ridge Four’, charged for offenses related to the landing of these planes.
Commissioner of Police Chester Williams told reporters today that his first choice would have been veteran defense attorney Richard “Dickie” Bradley, who has acted in the role before.
But he is precluded by virtue of representing some of the defendants in the Bladen 11 case and so the Department moves on.
However, the Commissioner criticized Bradley’s recent television spiel attacking the Department’s handling of its affairs and of the cases, including alleged abuses of the accused.
Bradley and other attorneys, the Commissioner noted, suggest they want to see the landings stop, but then decide to represent the accused (as is their right).
The Commissioner pointed out that before their recent accusations, the members of the COST team accused in the Bladen case had been actively pursuing drug busts across the country.
“They were very much result-oriented; they made a number of drug busts across the country. And the sad part is that Mister Bradley is representing some of the accused persons that these police men have charged; now he is their attorney. You can do the math from there – there’s a clear conflict of interest, because he is now the attorney for the officers who are supposed to testify in cases against some of his clients. Do the math from there,” he said.
It all shakes out down the road.
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