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Minister of National Security clears his name from Lev Dermen Scandal

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Minister John Saldivar has issued a public statement saying that he was not involved in any case of fraud or bribery with Lev Dermen. The Dermen Saga began unfolding on Monday as the media got access to court documents that indicate that at least one Government Minister was receiving a bribe of twenty-five thousand US dollars on a monthly basis for an unspecified period.  Saldivar used Facebook as his platform to issue a statement which we quote, in part, stating, “For the record, I met American businessman Lev Dermen in 2013 and last saw him sometime in early 2015.

Minister John Saldivar has issued a public statement saying that he was not involved in any case of fraud or bribery with Lev Dermen. The Dermen Saga began unfolding on Monday as the media got access to court documents that indicate that at least one Government Minister was receiving a bribe of twenty-five thousand US dollars on a monthly basis for an unspecified period.  Saldivar used Facebook as his platform to issue a statement which we quote, in part, stating, “For the record, I met American businessman Lev Dermen in 2013 and last saw him sometime in early 2015. Mr Dermen was known to many in Belize as a wealthy businessman. I interacted with Mr Dermen on several occasions and did so publicly, including as is already public knowledge at the Gold Cup in 2013. However, I categorically reject any suggestion of my involvement in any act of fraud or bribery with Mr Dermen. At no time have I used my office for any such vile quid pro quo activities as the political propagandists suggest. Any such suggestion is obviously motivated by political actors who are intent on seeking to gain political mileage for the imminent elections.”  End of quote.  He added in his statement, quote, “To the People’s United Party I say that I will certainly not back down. To certain elements within my own party I say that it is regrettable that the campaign for the leadership of my Party has caused some to sink to this level of maliciousness and falsehood.”  End of quote.  According to Saldivar he will answer questions at a later date on this issue.  Meanwhile, he has sought an attorney to initiate action against anyone who has published, publishes, causes to be published or continues publication of what he terms as, ‘malicious falsehoods’ about him and the office he holds.

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