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: Former Ambassador Alexis Rosado to be tried in the Supreme Court

Tonight, we can report that the criminal case involving former Ambassador Alexis Rosado will be traversed to the Supreme Court. This morning, Rosado who stands accused of one count of rape, one count of sexual assault and six counts of aggravated assault of an indecent nature, appeared in the Belmopan Magistrate Court. Rosado, one of Belize’s most senior diplomats, is accused of having forced sexual relations with a woman since she was thirteen years old up to the time she completed twenty-seven years. Rosado’s attorney, Richard “Dickie” Bradley, shared what transpired in the courtroom, saying  Rosado was committed to stand trial in the January 2023 sitting of the Supreme Court. Bradley explained why: 

Richard “Dickie” Bradley, Attorney: “A procedure in relation to what is referred to as indictable offences meaning that there are some cases which are tried in the Magistrate Courts and offences which cannot be tried in a Magistrate Court. The offences that we are dealing with are not tryable in the Magistrate Court so there’s a process of how the possible trial works its way to get into the Supreme Court queue. So what happened today is the Magistrate conducted what is called a “preliminary inquiry,” meaning that the process of sending a matter to the Supreme Court took place in which the Magistrate Court received the statements and the information that is involved in the case and representatives from the accused persons, we did not offer any submissions or any of that sort of thing. There’s a place for us to do that and today was not that day. So, the Magistrate has sent it on to the next sessions of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court works by sessions. They are not continuous everyday like the Magistrate Courts. So the Supreme Court is about to start the September/October sessions in another few days but this can’t get in those sessions so this will happen next year, sometime next year and then it goes through case management and other procedures before we reach the situation of a trial.”

The allegations against Rosado, which he continues to deny, led to him relinquishing his diplomatic postings overseas. However, he remains a co-agents for the Belize/ Guatemala ICJ case.