Posted: Friday, September 23, 2022. 10:37 am CST.
By Breaking Belize News Staff: A Honduran national who said he fled to Belize almost a year ago to avoid being killed by gang members will be deported back to his home country.
Thirty-three-year-old Carlos José Zuniga Martinez, who had been living in the Faber’s Road area of Belize City since 2021, was brought to the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
Martinez was charged with a single count of failure to produce a visitor’s permit on demand, to which he pleaded guilty.
In court, Martinez explained that he had come to Belize after he and his family received death threats from gang members back in Honduras. He also said that he wanted to apply for refugee status; however, Immigration Department personnel said that he should have done so within 14 days of his arrival in Belize.
Martinez was fined $1,000 plus $5 cost of court, which he has to pay forthwith or he will spend six months in prison. The Immigration Department also applied for a removal order, which was granted, so his deportation is pending after he either pays his fine or serves out the sentence for default.
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