Former police officer, Anthony Polonio is back in the spotlight tonight after all his attempts have failed in getting legal representation to sue the Government of Belize. Polonio came to the media today to share his plight as he seeks justice of his own stemming from a case dating back to 2007. Back then he was charged with perjury, was acquitted but was not reinstated into the Belize Police Department. He has faced several setbacks, mainly financial, as he keeps trying to build a solid case against the Government as he feels that his rights were fundamentally violated.
Anthony Polonio, Former Police Officer: “It would seem that it’s impossible to get justice when suing the Government of Belize and even some lawyers fail the system. I need to say that my case based in October 2007 the DPP alleged that I Anthony Polonio, Inspector Clement Cacho and PC Darius Ramos committed perjury in the case of the Queen versus Chay Ben Abou-Nehra charged for manslaughter which resulted in Bonera’s acquittal in the Supreme Court before Justice Adolph Lucas.”
While it has been thirteen years, Polonio is still adamant in filing a lawsuit. For a backdrop to Polonio’s plight, here’s his version of what transpired.
Anthony Polonio, Former Police Officer: “In October 2007 Inspector Cacho, PC Ramos and I were placed on disciplinary charges, we were all together tried in a police tribunal before Senior Superintendent James Magdaleno who presided over the case. When the trial concluded on the 23rd of January 2008 we were all announced guilty. I then gave verbal notice of the appeal against the conviction. Later on the 4th of April 2008 I received a letter signed on behalf of the Commissioner of Police by Superintendent Justo Augustine dated the 31st of March 2008 advising that effective January 2008 I was dismissed from the Belize Police Department as a result of the tribunal conviction. When I received the dismissal letter on the 4th of April 2008 I immediately engaged the legal services of Attorney Mr.Lindberg Lewis who prepared my appeal documents which I took and I went to deliver the appeal documents in Belmopan to Commissioner of Police, Solicitor General’s Office, to the Secretary of the Belize Advisory Council Office and to the Director of the Security Service Commission. I obtained signatures for the documents that I delivered at the respective offices. Up to this very date the appeal against the tribunal has not been forthcoming and there was no answer in connection with that. In respect to my very same appeal I felt that my constitutional rights had been violated and what with my appeal it was lodged the same time, the same way with Inspector Clement Cacho who had been reinstated back into the Belize Police Department while I was not. Five to six years later that is in February 2013 my trial for perjury in the Supreme Court began and concluded before Justice Strada Gonzales. I alone was tried. PC Ramos had died before the trial. I won my case by being acquitted and was not still reinstated.”
There are many angles to this story that we will be following in the coming week.