Activist Raymond Rivers and Belize City Councilor, Phillip Willoughby are not the best of friends. Tonight we can tell you that not only do they have opposing political views but they are also at opposite ends of a police matter. Willoughby has filed a police complaint against Rivers alleging that Rivers threatened him. This alleged death threat happened more than a month ago on September 20. Today at court, Rivers told his side of the story.
“My two sons and I went to watch the fireworks September 20th and when Mr.Barrow came I shouted for him to sign the anti corruption convention and Mr.Barrow waved at me and the crowd and he went in. Now Mr.Willoughby did the same thing and I shouted the same thing at him and he pointed at me and said watch what will catch me but I just shouted at him to sign the anti corruption convention only that I hollered the night.”
“So you didn’t say to him that he would die?”
“No. It was caught on camera and like I’ve said the Governor General pulled up but that is what I shouted at Mr. Willoughby but it was caught on camera.”
“So you are unafraid of what may be seen on that tape?”
“Exactly it can only show the truth and arrogance of people in power.”
Rivers was not charged for any offense and his Attorney Kareem Musa says his client is being targeted.
“Mr.Rivers was detained or brought into a meeting with Mr.Williams about a week and a half ago, nothing was told to him about any charges so what is this about today? When I spoke with the police officer in charge yesterday he told me nothing about this charge. He told me that he was detained for disorderly conduct, nothing in relation to Phillip Willoughby.”
“Disorderly conduct on what day?”
“He was saying some time over the weekend that was why he was detained but was he charged with that offence ? No he was not charged with any offence. Since September 20 we know that Mr.Rivers has been very vocal against this administration on Facebook he’s a grassroots activist that is not afraid of this administration and we know now that they are using all sorts of tactics to try to suppress those individuals that are vocal including Mr. Brackett who was charged the other day with supposedly being involved in organizing the burning of tires so it is not surprising to me that now that everything has calmed down, now that the BNTU and the government battle is now over there is collateral damage, they are targeting individuals like Mr.Rivers because they cannot take the heat that Mr.Rivers is bringing on them. Imagine that September 20th this offence took place we are now at November 7th almost two months for a minor charge and even to this day when we went before the court just now we were informed by members of the police department that the charge was not properly framed. Imagine that it has taken them two months to prepare a charge sheet for this man and even now they can’t get it right so they are asking him to come back on Wednesday, they are clearly trying to target Mr.Rivers.”
Rivers’ case goes back to court on Wednesday.