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Salvadoran national sentenced to six months for illegal entry into Belize

Posted: Monday, June 10, 2024. 7:19 pm CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: A Salvadoran national who has been living in Belize illegally for seven years has been sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to illegal entry.

Jose Tobias Flores Vasquez, 51, appeared unrepresented before a magistrate in Court #4 this afternoon. He admitted to the charge of illegal entry, explaining that his initial legal permit granted in 2017 for 30 days had long expired, and he never sought an extension due to a series of unfortunate events.

Flores Vasquez cited financial difficulties, the COVID-19 pandemic, and complications with the Amnesty Program as reasons for overstaying his permit. He also mentioned losing his passport, which further complicated his situation.

For his guilty plea, Flores Vasquez was fined $1,000 plus a $5 court cost, which he must pay immediately since he is not a Belizean national. However, he expressed his inability to pay the fine today but hoped to do so within two weeks.

The Belize Immigration Department has also applied for his expulsion from Belize, which was granted. Flores Vasquez will be deported after either paying his fine or serving his sentence.

 

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