Was John Saldivar investigated by the FIU?
Was John Saldivar investigated by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) after he was accused by the US State Department of being significantly corrupt? Last year, the former Minister of National Security and his immediate family were designated by the US Government and their visas were revoked. The US accused Saldivar of “significant corruption” while in office and says that he accepted bribes for the improper acquisition of Belizean immigration documents. Today, the Director of the FIU, Kent Clare, was asked to comment on whether those accusations sparked an investigation by the organization. Here is his response.
Kent Clare, Director, Financial Intelligence Unit: “Any time – this is a procedure that we use – anytime there’s anything in the public domain and sometimes even things that you don’t hear the media might not be aware of we try to get ahead of it. We try to look to see who made the complaint, what type of evidential material is available and we build files. Let me tell you something about the FIU’s files we don’t ditch them and unlike you will find in other competent authorities they may have a shelf life for the files that they keep maybe six years, eight years whatever the FIU’s files we are always building on the intelligence that we have and if we feel we are in a position to charge for a crime we will without speaking specifically to any one particular person.”
Reporter: So then was he ever investigated ?
Kent Clare, Director, Financial Intelligence Unit: “Well anybody, let me say this to you, anybody who has been in the news in regards to complaints of any illegal action, anything involving financial crimes has been investigated or continues to be investigated.”