Gaspar Vega Responds to Murder Accusations

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Updated: October 21, 2015

Today in the Orange Walk Court, one of the men on remand for the murder of Ramon Cervantes Senior made an accusation against Ramon Cervantes Jr. The elder Cervantes’ body was found in a shallow grave on a farm in the Indian Hill area of the Orange Walk District last year. Three men, Mateo Pott, Angel Cardenas and Noe Daniel Gonzales were charged for his murder along with his kidnapping.  The man, who is accused of masterminding the entire devious plot, Manuel Castillo, is still wanted by police in regards to that investigation and the accusation that had both Ramon Cervantes Jr and his political opponent, Gaspar Vega in the supreme court of Belize. During a memorial service, a recording was played believed to be a conversation between Cervantes’ widow and a man purporting to be Manuel Castillo. In that recording Castillo accused Vega of being involved in the murder of Cervantes Sr. However, today during the preliminary inquiry, things took a 360 degrees turn when one of the accused reportedly stood up in court and accused Cervantes Jr.  We spoke with the attorney for the Cervantes family, Marcel Cardona on the latest development.

MARCEL CARDONA

“Accusations can be made by virtually anyone. An accusation can even be made by an accused person who was found clearly in  a very compromising situation, yes that person may choose perhaps quite foolishly so to make a further false allegation trying to in some way or try to do somebody’s political dirt work. I must say to you that the magistrate dealt with this, he made it clear that if any of the defendants had anything to say in his or her defense they would be at liberty to do so whenever their trial arose and so since she has already committed these proceedings to supreme court or committed the defendants to stand trial at the supreme court they will be at liberty to at that point in time when they are being tried to raise any and every issue that they wish to raise. It would then be in the pervue of the Supreme Court, of the judge and jury to decide whether it is that they believe them or they disbelieve them in totality.”

LOCAL REPORTER

“With all of this said there are indications that an investigation will be opened as a result of that accusation made today.”

MARCEL CARDONA

“An investigation can be opened in relation to anything. Remember somebody can make an accusation against you or me and then it is obviously left up to the police for them to act in a responsible professional manner, in an unbiased manner and for them to conduct themselves professionally without fear or favor, without  trying to take sides in any political issue and without them trying to basically be biased in relation to an issue and then for them to act impartially and then for them to get to the real bottom of it and for them to see whether the allegation happened in legal or factual foundation or if there is total fabrication.”

During this morning’s launch of the UDP Manifesto, the media got a comment from Orange Walk North Area Representative and Deputy Prime Minister, Gaspar Vega. He also heard about the accusation made in court this morning. And you heard, Cardona alluded that this might be political mischief coming from the Vega Camp. So Vega was asked about that…

GASPAR VEGA

“I have just heard it right now I don’t know what is going on. “

LOCAL REPORTER

“It was thrown out of court I’m hearing but the allegation by Munchi is that its pure politics and the suggestion is that it is your camp playing some serious politics.”

GASPAR VEGA

“I don’t know if I should even answer that. If you notice that throughout my campaign I don’t even try to mention that guy’s name much less use that type of politics, it’s not in my nature.”

LOCAL REPORTER

“Now this is an event that has changed your life in terms of you have been accused of orchestrating murder and it has changed your life. Explain to me how difficult it is to take that load into this election.”

GASPAR VEGA

“Well it’s difficult mostly with my kids especially the younger ones because they’ve been attacked. It’s the first time that my kids and when I say kids I mean 12 year and 14 year old kids get attacked because of politics, verbally, by text and play games with them but I leave it in the hands of God. Yes it has been heavy and I hope that no one else plays games like those because it’s not good for the entire community if you start to make that type of political games an everyday common practice.”

LOCAL REPORTER

“So, if these two persons making this complaint are running again you are saying that you do not endorse it or you actually don’t want it to happen.”

GASPAR VEGA

“By no means. I know what I have been through being accused of orchestrating or being involved with murder and I don’t wish that on anyone.”

We will keep following this story.