Since the weekend we have been reporting on Attorney Arthur Saldivar and the trouble he has found himself in with the law. When we spoke with Police Commissioner yesterday, he went into detail explaining the circumstances of Saldivar’s arrest and the charges laid against him. Saldivar is being charged for having several unlicensed firearm and ammunition. It is a charge that requires mandatory remand to the Belize Central Prison as we verified with the Police Commissioner yesterday.
Renee Trujillo, Love FM News: What happens to him now because that is a mandatory remand correct ?
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Well that’s a matter,the law is clear. He should be going to court either today or tomorrow. The Magistrate is going to apply the law. We will do our part, thereafter it is a matter for the court to decide what to do- I’m not going to venture into the work of the court.”
Saldivar went to court today and it turns out that the law does not apply to him. He was given bail by Magistrate Janelle Villanueva in Belmopan. His bail is for twenty thousand dollars plus two sureties of the same amount. He is to report to the Roaring Creek Police Station weekly until his next court appearance. Saldivar has contracted the legal services of Richard Dickie Bradley. According to Bradley, this is a personal attack against his client. Our Cayo Correspondent, Fem Cruz spoke to Bradley following the court hearing.
Our Cayo Correspondent also spoke with Saldivar on his dilemma.
Arthur Saldivar, Attorney at Law: “What I went through this past weekend was nothing short of political persecution. I want to- at this moment- make it clear and announce clearly to the nation of Belize and to the community of Belmopan that I, Arthur Saldivar, will be contesting the Belmopan seat or a seat in Belmopan whichever is the outcome after the redistricting case and the constitutional claim is made. I believe fervently that this was the basis upon which I have been put through this ordeal. Understand that at this time I’m most grateful for the opportunity to have my freedom but I’m more grateful for life.”
Saldivar’s dilemma began unfolding over the weekend when he was charged with a misdemeanor. The misdemeanor charge came after Saldivar posted false information of a UDP associate being facilitated in bringing in a group of people into the country via the Santa Elena border. Police arrested him for that offense, and he was taken to court. His problems compounded, however, when he was found with an unlicensed firearm which led to the discovery of more unlicensed firearms in his house at Camalote Village, Cayo District. In relation to this incident, Love News understands that the Firearms Clerk who granted the firearm license to Arthur Saldivar without following the proper protocols is being investigated.