By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter
Former Minister of State in the Ministry of Immigration, Elvin Penner was egged by protesters as he left an appeal hearing at the Supreme Court on Friday morning.
As Penner exited the court, a group people who stood among the People’s United Party supporters who were protesting the scandal surrounding his case, and who held anti-Penner signs and chanted “Jail Penner now,” hurled eggs at him.
Penner was rushed to a waiting vehicle as the crowd of supporters swarmed the car while it drove away.
Penner had appeared at the Supreme Court before Chief Justice, Kenneth Benjamin as the Citizens Organized for Liberty through Action (COLA) made a submission to appeal its private prosecution against Penner, which was dismissed last July.
Before the egging incident, Penner gave a brief statement as he exited the courtroom, saying he could not comment on the case but he was pleased with the way the proceedings had been going thus far. Penner also accused the media of “chasing ghosts,” and said the media should focus on a certain politician up north, referring to the allegations surrounding Marco Tulio-Mendez.
Attorney for COLA, Karim Musa said the Chief Justice would hand down his decision on March 13th as to whether an appeal is warranted or not. Musa explained that the hearing on Friday was simply an appeal of Magistrate Aretha Ford’s decision to not summon the Commissioner of Police to provide evidence in the case.
COLA President, Geovanni Brackett said they are hoping that justice will prevail because government officials should be held accountable for their actions the same way regular citizens are often charged and convicted of petty offenses.
Penner was charged with immigration offences for having allegedly facilitated the issuance of a Belizean passport to Kim Wong Hong, a South Korean national who was in a Chinese jail at the time when the passport was issued in September of 2013.
(Picture courtesy Mike Rudon, News 5)