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ComPol calls for honest discharge of duty from police in pursuit of justice

Posted: Sunday, February 5, 2023. 3:21 pm CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: The ongoing trial of Corporal Kareem Martinez for the manslaughter of Laddie Gillett in the High Court took an unexpected turn when a police witness, Constable Claude Augustine, was ordered to leave the courtroom by Justice Antoinette Moore. The judge described Augustine’s testimony as “perjury” and asked Prosecutor Crown Counsel Javier Chan to have the Office of The Director of Public Prosecutions open an investigation into the police officer for that offence.

This event was a sobering moment for court observers and demonstrated the apparent lack of respect some police officers have for the country’s Judiciary. However, the Commissioner of Police (ComPol), Chester Williams, has taken note of this occurrence in the trial and has expressed his views on the requirements for justice to be served.

In a voice message to Laddie Gillett’s foster family, Commissioner Williams outlined the importance of honesty and integrity in the discharge of duty by those in positions of authority. He believes that anything short of honesty will defeat the objectives of justice.

This incident highlights the need for accountability and honesty in the justice system, as well as the importance of upholding the integrity of the country’s Supreme Court.


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