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“They must face the music:” Government will not defend Immigration Officers facing theft investigation, says Prime Minister

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2024. 8:26 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: In an interview in Belmopan this afternoob, Prime Minister John Briceño confirmed that at least one Immigration Officer has been accused of improperly taking US$3,000 from a Jamaican national.

CEO in the Ministry Tanya Santos has told other media houses since that only one officer is in Police custody.

The Prime Minister, whose portfolio includes Immigration, indicated that the incident occurred when the Jamaican was told he could not leave the country after handing over the money.

Police reviewed surveillance camera tape at the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) and believe there is enough evidence to proceed, Prime Minister Briceño said.

And if that is the case, then the Government will not get involved, said the P.M., as such behavior will not be tolerated at any level of the Government. If the officers are found guilty they will be dealt with to the fullest extent of the law and must “face the music.”

Because some Jamaican nationals have been suspected of using Belize as a transit point to the United States, they fall under greater suspicion by authorities. It is alleged that crooked officers take advantage of this to make money for themselves.

 

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