No Decision Yet on Charges Against Accused Attorney in Rape Case
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is yet to make a decision on whether any charges will be levied against the accused attorney in a rape complaint. It was 24 days ago that two women went to the Police, and filed a complaint of rape against the Belize City UDP attorney. Love News was informed today that the DPP is yet to make a decision on the matter. According to the DPP, she is still awaiting more evidence from the police to make a determination on the matter. With such serious allegations against an attorney, we asked the Bar Association of Belize to weigh in on the matter. President of the Association, Senior Counsel Andrew Marshalleck, explained that the bar will not be making any statements about the allegation, out of respect for the processes at work. He noted that the bar does not handle the discipline of attorneys and that disbarring a member is a decision for the Chief Justice on the recommendation of the General Legal Counsel.
Andrew Marshalleck, President, Bar Association of Belize: “The Bar can offer no view based on any accusation made against anybody. We respect the processes and must preserve the integrity of the processes and so we’d never consider making any statement one way or the other that would prejudice those processes in any way. The appropriate authorities need to deal with that, it’s not the Bar at this stage. Disciplinary proceedings over attorneys or professional misconduct rests with the General Legal Council of Belize not the Bar Association. If any complaint is made to that body then that body will have to consider and deal with it. That’s not the Bar Association, has members who serve on that council but the Bar Association is different from that council. We are not responsible for and not empowered to deal with disciplinary matters over attorneys. General Legal Council hears matters, complaints involving professional misconduct. They make recommendations to the Chief Justice as to what is to be done including that a particular attorney be disbarred or some other action be taken. It is the Chief Justice who hears the arguments based on legal proceedings and who makes a decision in the end as to what is to happen it’s not for the Bar Association to make those decisions it never is and neither can the bar make any statement one way or the other that prejudices those proceedings one way or the other.”
Allegations are that the attorney took two women to his home after drinking at a Belize City nightclub. One of the women said that they all began drinking and became heavily intoxicated, then passed out. She told police that when she awoke, she saw the attorney raping the other woman, who was unconscious.