Posted: Thursday, March 30, 2023. 10:48 pm CST.
By Breaking Belize News Staff: The case of 30-year-old British soldier Perry Stanford was brought up in the High Court of Belize today, where justice Ricardo O’Neil Stanford, raised concerns about the case being tried in Belize.
Justice O’Neal Stanford explained that there is a well-documented treaty lodged at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between the United Kingdom and Belize which stipulates that a British National should not be prosecuted in Belize. The Justice also supported his concern with case law, referring to the case of 14-year-old David Zabaneh who was beaten to death by three Gurkas, but due to the treaty the men were tried in the UK and not in Belize.
Justice O’Neal Stanford also maintained that he does not feel the matter should proceed in the normal course since Perry Stanford is a member of the military.
The Justice said that he is considering revisiting Stanford’s bail with a view to remove all the conditions associated with it, but adjourned the matter further, to April 5, when he will give a determination on the issue of bail.
Perry Stanford’s attorneys, Darrel Bradley and Kimberly Wallace are expected to file a motion on his behalf with respect to the treaty within that time.
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