Police Commissioner Confirms Controversial Sale to Businessman Ricardo Borja
The Commissioner of Police Chester Williams has confirmed that he sold a seventy-thousand-dollar vehicle to the alleged unscrupulous businessman, Ricardo Borja. Borja, who was killed in August for his alleged involvement in a land scheme, purchased a 2021 Toyota Tacoma in October 2022 from the Commissioner. Incidentally, this was the very same man that the Police Commissioner granted a total of nine firearm licenses, between March 2021 and July 2022; three of which were within an eight day period in July. Today, the ComPol was asked about his relationship with Borja, a man he claimed he had never met or known. The line of questioning on the matter led to a heated exchange with the Commissioner threatening legal action against 7 News for casting aspersions.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “A person in Belize City called me and said that Borja wanted to buy a pickup. I sent the pickup to Belize City, they took it to the person, the person called me subsequently and said that the man liked the pickup and he said he was going to buy it. I was paid for the pickup and that’s it. It’s not a $90,000 truck. It’s a $70,000 truck. You always want to add things whatever. But at the end of the day if I have a car dealership and I have done everything I need to do to legitimize my business why must that be an issue ? You want to see me landing planes ? You want to see me doing acts of corruption to …..”
Reporter: Because you know that car dealerships are a way of laundering money sir.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “So are you accusing me of laundering money ?”
Reporter: I’m not accusing you of doing that I’m just saying this is not ….
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “That’s how you’re making it sound.”
Reporter: No sir I am not accusing you of that. I am saying that we know, you and I know…..
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Jules Vasquez, for the records I took my hard earned money, I invested it and I turned it over because at the end of the day I want that whatever I do is legitimate. I don’t know if you have ever done favors for people and don’t charge but not every time you do favors for people you must charge them. It’s as simple as that and again if I have a business, which I do like many other public officers I’m not the only public officer who has business and the work that they do I offer no apology for that and if you have an issue with that that is your business right? But please stop accusing me of things that I’m not doing because the last time I saw you went again and you reassociated me with Cars 501 which I’ve said to you is not for me. So please Mr.Vasquez get it right. Stop listening to the nonsense they’re feeding you. When the lawsuit comes I hope they can help you pay you know ? People can find all different ways of laundering money it’s not just by selling vehicle. Selling vehicles is the least way you launder money, there are other innovative ways like having a media house.”