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Senate Special Select Committee Report Soon?

Senate Special Select Committee Report Soon?
July 27
07:42 2018
Reporter: Thursday, July 26, 2018 -

The Senate Special Select Committee, established to investigate incidents of corruption highlighted in the Auditor General’s Special Report on the Immigration and Nationality Department, is about to finish the first draft of its report after a year of public hearings.

Committee Chair Senator Aldo Salazar, explained that the Committee should have the first draft in two to three weeks depending on the time it takes for its attorney to have some documents verified.

Salazar said that the Committee has met several times this year to work on the format in which the report will be written, and decided on having a single electronic document which all Senators will have access to for editing and commentary. He said that the Committee hopes to have the final report out by December 2018, or early January 2019.

“Remember that there were 42 hearings held between 2016 and 2017. Each one of those sessions had pages of notes and accompanying documents, so it really is a lot of material to cover,” Salazar explained. “You must also remember that the Committee can only make recommendations, but it is up to those in authority to take those recommendations further.”

In October 2016, the Committee held its first public hearing at the National Assembly building in Belmopan, after much controversy over what type of committee should conduct the investigation into the AG’s report.

The public hearings had many notable personalities including seated Government Ministers such as Manuel Heredia Jr., Rene Montero, Anthony Martinez and Edmond Castro. Former Minister Elvin Penner also appeared before the Committee, as did Alvarine Burgess, the infamous whistleblower who accused Ministers Anthony Martinez and Edmond Castro of being involved in a multi-million dollar immigration fraud operation.

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