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SALDIVAR NAMED

Saldivar in hot water again

Minister John Saldivar is back in the headlines tonight after a US newspaper has fingered him as the Belize Government Minister who received cash bribes from Lev Dermen.  The article is dated today and indicates that a list of witnesses has been provided to the jurors including Jacob Kingston and three of his relatives who were all partners with Dermen in an oil scheme that stole half-billion dollars from the US Government.  The article notes, quote, “Jacob Kingston also is expected to testify about how he and Dermen bribed a Belize security minister named John Saldivar.

Minister John Saldivar is back in the headlines tonight after a US newspaper has fingered him as the Belize Government Minister who received cash bribes from Lev Dermen.  The article is dated today and indicates that a list of witnesses has been provided to the jurors including Jacob Kingston and three of his relatives who were all partners with Dermen in an oil scheme that stole half-billion dollars from the US Government.  The article notes, quote, “Jacob Kingston also is expected to testify about how he and Dermen bribed a Belize security minister named John Saldivar. According to documents released before the trial and discussion from lawyers during a Jan. 13 hearing, Jacob Kingston will testify Dermen was making cash payments to Saldivar and that Jacob Kingston later took over making those payments.  That information has already impacted politics in Belize.  According to news outlets there, Saldivar has denied wrongdoing, but the Central American country’s main opposition party has called on the prime minister to fire him.” End of quote.  And while the opposition and other circles are calling for Saldivar to be investigated and/or fired, Prime Minister Dean Barrow told Love News today that he will not be making any moves based on a newspaper article.  He says he will wait for court records and evidence against Saldivar to then consider how he would move forward.  Since the Dermen scandal broke, Minister Saldivar has professed innocence, referred to himself as God’s child and declaring that there is not one corrupt bone in his body.  He has also told the Prime Minister that he had never received any bribe from Dermen.  Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred Elrington had told the media, however, that even after the US had rejected Belize’s recommendation to have Dermen dubbed an honorary consul in Las Vegas, Saldivar had approached him asking what else could be done for Dermen.  The Dermen trial in Salt Lake City, Utah continues on Monday with more witnessed to be called to the stand.