NEWS UPDATE on outside independent investigation. The National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) has issued a press release on the recent atrocious murder of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas. NEAB “hereby calls on the Prime Minister of Belize for an outside independent investigation into the brutal murder of Pastor Llewellyn Lucas, and also an outside independent investigation concerning William “Danny” Mason and his activities in Belize. It is apparent that the Ministry of National Security, as well as other ministries of Government, have been unable or unwilling to police themselves either according to the rule of law or with freedom from political interference. As this horrendous situation, and indeed the overall increase in crime, reveals, Belize has clearly reached a crossroads at which the ‘prevention and detection of crime, the apprehension of offenders, the preservation of law and order, and the due enforcement of all laws’ is seriously compromised. Naturally, this results in the perfect breeding ground for crimes of increasing violence and frequency.
We condemn the breaches in our country’s laws and national security surrounding Pastor Lucas’ murder.
We further join the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Rein its call and rationale for measures to strengthen the rule of law and good governance, ensure citizen safety, combat corruption and instill transparency in all facets of government
Related sources for outside independent investigation.
“In Pillar II of our Business Sustainability Agenda presented to all political leaders just before the 2015 general elections, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry (“the BCCI”) called for measures to combat corruption and strengthen the rule of law. Those measures are more important than ever today, if we are to rebuild Belize’s economy and her reputation as a safe and stable country. Anti-corruption laws, including campaign finance reform, must be implemented and applied visibly, impartially and indiscriminately from the top down and across the board. Belize has to adopt international conventions and implement laws that instill transparency in all facets of the government. It is imperative that Government take charge of Belize’s current security crisis by aggressively implementing changes that will restore citizens’ sense of safety and change the international perception of engraved corruption and the lack of rule of law in Belize….” Read more…