General / Weekend News

Police advance Paumen case

By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter

Another person has been charged in the ongoing ‘abetment to murder’ case of Bradley Paumen.

The Reporter has confirmed on Saturday that the Special Branch of the Belize Police Department arrested and charged one of Paumen’s employees for ‘abetment to murder’. He is expected to be brought before a magistrate on Monday.

The Reporter also confirms that the person was initially arrested along with Paumen, but was later released. Paumen is currently out on bail for allegedly plotting to have four people killed, including a Belizean attorney.

Paumen was granted bail by Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore on Friday, despite vehement objection by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Cheryl-Lyn Vidal.

Among the people he is accused of putting a hit on is Iranian-American, Michael Modiri.  Modiri, who is currently out of the country, has had a legal battle with Paumen in the past, after Paumen managed to acquire a portion of Modiri’s land through the Ministry of Natural Resources.

Modiri, who we have been informed is due back in the country shortly, is known to police, having been charged with firearm offences last year. In May 2015, he along with three women were arrested for a prohibited firearm and ammunition, a prohibited .22 Mossberg 715T semi-automatic tactical assault rifle with a sound suppressor and 190 live rounds, after police searched his vehicle at a checkpoint in St. Margaret’s village on the Hummingbird Highway.

He was never convicted.

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