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Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2022. 10:43 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: There is much intrigue surrounding the events at Queen Street Police Station in Belize City Wednesday afternoon.

We know for sure that Dr. Shanika Arnold, the fiancée of Leader of the Opposition Patrick Faber, was there as well as attorney David Morales.

But speculation that she was making a complaint about domestic abuse or violence has been shot down by senior United Democratic Party figure, former party leader and rival turned ally of Faber John Saldivar, while former Leader of the Opposition Moses “Shyne” Barrow has said he hopes it is not true.

Saldivar (in a since-deleted message) posted on social media this morning that he has spoken to Faber, who denies that Dr. Arnold was complaining about any domestic abuse or aggression on his part and says a statement will be issued later today to confirm this. He adds his sympathies for what he acknowledges are “private and personal struggles” for the couple.

Barrow has told LOVE FM that he sincerely hopes the allegation is not true, because it will damage not only Faber personally but the party and the people’s confidence in it: “I’ve heard the same reports that you and many other newsrooms have heard and I have refrained from commenting until I would see the police report and I really just hope that this is not true because this would be devastating. Another damaging blow, another setback to building our trust and confidence with the Belizean people and I just hope that it’s not true and if it is we need to take swift action as I advocated the last time, we had such an incident in order to build trust and confidence of the people. I really hope that this is not true.”

Faber has previously publicly acknowledged his struggles with anger management for which he sought counseling after an outburst last May led to his removal as Leader of the Opposition and a recall attempt as leader of the UDP.

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