Special Prosecutor Bill Sent Back to Cabinet for Adjustments after Lack of Majority Support
At this week’s Senate meeting, the Special Prosecutor Bill was sent back to the Cabinet. This means that the Bill did not get majority support as was presented, and there will have to be some adjustments made. The Bill was crafted for the investigation of the triple murder in Belmopan on New Year’s Eve where the accused killer, Elmer Nah, has some familial connection with the current Director of Public Prosecutions. The opposition coupled with the union and the NGO Senators both felt that such a Bill was going against the constitution, and so it did not have their support. It seems, however, that the Ministry of Home Affairs was already doing its due diligence, and preparing for a Special Prosecutor. Police Commissioner Chester Williams spoke on the matter.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I know myself and my minister Mr.Musa have been in dialogue almost weekly trying to make sure that the special prosecutor can be appointed within reasonable time to begin to commence his work on the Ramnarace file. I think that we’re at the stage now where I believe they have identified an attorney out of Jamaica. I’m not going to say who that is the minister is going to give the nation a briefing on that and they’re now working I think with the AG’s ministry that is going to draft the contract between the Special Prosecutor and the Government of Belize so I think there is where we are now.”
We will keep following this story.