In previous sessions, the Commission of Inquiry bluntly asked Zhou Rong Kelvin Li if he has financed the purchased of the vehicle in exchange for parcels of land. His answer was no. He kept asserting that he did not know Hugo Patt and only knew of Ivan Leiva. However, Senior Lands Information Officer Alfred Cal was tasked by the current CEO in the Ministry of Natural Resources to compile a report on the number of parcels of land that Kelvin Li owns and how he got it. Cal reported to the Commission that the Chinese businessman owns thirty-six parcels of land across the country. What was interesting to note, and what the Commission may find suspicious, is that of the thirty-six parcels of land, Li acquired seventeen parcels between October and November last year. Eleven of those parcels are on San Pedro with four being directly bought from the government as explained by Cal.
Alfred Cal, Senior Lands Information Officer: “So in total there are 29 transactions for Mr.Lee in 2020- that is the entire year 2020- twelve of those transactions are direct transfer from GOB, 17 are private transfer and however 13 of those transfer owners acquired the land previously from the government of Belize and then transferred to Mr.Lee. So what the record is showing based again on the system is that a third party acquired the land from the government of Belize and then it shows that these parcels are transferred to Mr.Lee. Again this research shows again it’s a total of 36 parcels are acquired by Mr.Lee, that is for the entire country, and 8 are previously or privately owned parcels that are transferred to him and this means that these are not acquired land from the Government of Belize. So in a nutshell my findings is again based on the record here from the system within the month of October and November, 17 parcels were acquired by Mr.Lee and these are both from third party and Government of Belize. What the data is showing is some of these transfers are done within the same day.”
Andrew Marshalleck, Chairman, Commission of Inquiry:“How many of them ?”
Alfred Cal, Senior Lands Information Officer: “I think there is eleven of them.”
“Says eleven of the twenty nine transfer transactions conducted in 2020 are completed on the same day.”