Corruption


ROC on BSI ASR BSCFA – Press Release

December 29, 2014 Press Release (For Immediate Release) The Rod of Correction (ROC) has been following with much concern, the developments that have been taking place regarding the start of the sugar cane crop for the Belize Sugar Industry (BSI) and Belize Sugar Cane Farmers Association (BSCFA). What has been become abundantly clear to ROC is the observation that it is definitively possible for the sugar cane delivery season to be declared open, even in the absence of a signed agreement. This, the Rod of Correction would like to encourage the cane farmers of the north to take heed to. […]


NTUCB on BSI ASR BSCFA – Press Release

Press Release (For Immediate Release) December 19, 2014 ASR/BSI CANNOT BE TRUSTED AS THEY KEEP MOVING THE GOAL POST! The National Trade Union Congress of Belize denounces the conduct of ASR/BSI in their seeking to change the terms of the previously settled agreement without going back to the cane-farmers; having already conceded to the oppressive and unfair terms pushed by ASR/BSI with the intervention of no less than the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister. The latest blatant attempt by ASR/BSI to undermine the cane farmers comes in the form of them now not wanting the legally established Sugar industry […]


UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms

Adopted by the Eighth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, Havana, Cuba, 27 August to 7 September 1990 Whereas the work of law enforcement officials 1 is a social service of great importance and there is, therefore, a need to maintain and, whenever necessary, to improve the working conditions and status of these officials, Whereas a threat to the life and safety of law enforcement officials must be seen as a threat to the stability of society as a whole, Whereas law enforcement officials have a vital role in the protection of the […]


OAS Anti-Corruption report on Belize

MECHANISM FOR FOLLOW-UP ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE INTER-AMERICAN CONVENTION AGAINST CORRUPTION Twenty-Fourth Meeting of the Committee of Experts September 8-12, 2014 Washington, DC OEA/Ser.L. SG/MESICIC/doc. 422/14 rev. 4 September 12, 2014 Original: English FINAL REPORT (Adopted at the September 12, 2014 plenary session) SUMMARY This report contains the comprehensive review of the implementation in Belize of Article III, paragraph 9, of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption, covering “oversight bodies, with a view to implementing modern mechanisms for preventing, detecting, punishing, and eradicating corrupt acts,” which was selected by the MESICIC Committee of Experts for the Fourth Round; and of […]


The State’s Secret: Belize’s Money Laundering Regime

By Grace Kranstover and Ragini Chatterjee Nestled on the northeastern coast of Central America, Belize is often named one of Central America’s most beautiful vacation destinations. With its ornate coral reefs and rainforest, the small English-speaking country has plenty to offer for tourists looking for tropical adventures. Yet, Belize is rapidly becoming known to the international community for attracting many drug trafficking organizations known for transporting marijuana and cocaine into North America. Since the country’s currency is conveniently pegged to the U.S. dollar, Belize also offers nonresidents the opportunity to run offshore accounts. Money laundering has become a prime form […]


Belize Firm Charged in $500 Million Tax Evasion Scheme

IPC Management Services LLC, a Belize-based investment firm, and its founder were accused of a $500 million scheme to launder money and hide investments as part of a U.S. crackdown on tax evasion. Robert Bandfield, a U.S. citizen, was charged in an indictment unsealed today in Brooklyn federal court with conspiring to commit securities fraud, tax fraud and money laundering. Five other individuals and six companies are accused of taking part in the plan that involved as many as 100 U.S. clients, according to prosecutors. The defendants -Robert Bandfield, Andrew Godfrey, Kelvin Leach (Titan), Rohn Knowles, Brian De Wit and […]


Possible Terrorist ties in Belize

(C) ZUBAIR KHAN — RSO SOURCE ALLEGES PAKISTANI-BELIZEAN DRUG TRAFFICKING, MONEY LAUNDERING, POSSIBLE TERRORIST TIES Date: 2008 April 4, 21:28 (Friday) Canonical ID: 08BELMOPAN192_a Original Classification: CONFIDENTIAL Current Classification: CONFIDENTIAL Handling Restrictions: – Not Assigned – Character Count: 3548 Executive Order: – Not Assigned – Locator: TEXT ONLINE TAGS ASEC – Administration–Security | BH- Belize | CVIS – Consular Affairs–Visas | KCRM – Criminal Activity |PTER – Political Affairs– Terrorists and Terrorism Concepts: – Not Assigned – Enclosure: – Not Assigned – Type: TE Office Origin: – N/A or Blank – Archive Status: – Not Assigned – Office Action: – […]


IDB Report on Citizen Security in Belize

The following is a report published by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) dated October 2013. It discusses the lack of citizen security, the ever increasing crime rate, lack of resources to combat it and the underlying aspects that are causing this growth, things I have touched time and again in many discussions like Education, Poverty, failure of our justice system not only in practice but to your citizens in the penitentiary system. Without further adieu, here is the report, and may I say that things have gotten and only keep getting worst. Abstract In the face of rising crime rates […]


Whatever happened to the 11.8m Euro

Published on Friday, July 27, 2007 BELMOPAN, Belize: The Ministry of National Development has announced that official confirmation has been received from the European Commission Delegation in Jamaica that a grant of Euro 11.8 million, or BZ$32.5 million, has been allocated to Belize under Envelope ‘A’ of the 10th European Development Fund. This BZ$32.5 million allocation represents a 20% increase from the original allocation indicated earlier by the European Commission. The increase in allocation is provided by the European Commission as an incentive to Belize and was calculated on the basis of Belize’s performance in governance, and credibility and extent […]


How many Belizeans does it take to screw in a lightbulb

A WikiLeaks cable shows that even when getting donations, GOB finds ways to generate income. Reference ID Created Classification Origin 06BELIZE968 2006-11-01 13:32 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Belmopan VZCZCXRO6536 RR RUEHGR DE RUEHBE #0968 3051332 ZNR UUUUU ZZH R 011332Z NOV 06 CCY ZDK FM AMEMBASSY BELIZE TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0661 INFO RUEHZA/WHA CENTRAL AMERICAN COLLECTIVE RUCNCOM/EC CARICOM COLLECTIVE RUEHUB/USINT HAVANA UNCLAS BELIZE 000968 SIPDIS C O R R E C T E D C O P Y //REMOVED ALL NOFORN CAPTIONS// SENSITIVE SIPDIS DEPT FOR WHA/CEN (MACK) E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PGOV PREL BH SUBJECT: HOW MANY BELIZEANS […]


Corruption in Belize courts

Tonight, there is a great deal of suspicion surrounding the actions of a senior court staffer, which suggest multiple, condoned irregularities within the lower court system. Gabriel Casey is a bailiff working for the Magistracy department, and his job is to go around collecting payments from defendants who are brought to court for civil suits. It usually involves individuals who prove to be difficult in honouring commitments with different business places like loan institutions or persons who’ve been sued and lost their case, where the court has ordered them to pay fines or compensation. Acting as an official enforcement arm […]