Bradley Paumen accused of ordering a hit is out on bail Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 January 2016 00:00

American businessman, Bradley Paumen, has been released on bail of $50,000 plus one surety of the same amount after he was arraigned in the Supreme Court for allegedly ordering a hit on four individuals.

Paumen was represented by Senior Counsel Ellis Arnold when he appeared before Justice Antoinette Moore on Thursday, January 14. Paumen is facing charges of abetment to commit murder and the Director of Public Prosecutions raised strong objections to bail.  Cheryl-Lynn Vidal argued passionately that Paumen should be remanded because he is a flight risk. Vidal also informed Justice Moore that Paumen is expected to be levied with additional charges in connection to the same matter. Arnold said the question as it relates to bail is whether or not the defendant will appear in court on dates set by the court. He argued that bail is a right and that a person is presumed innocent until proven otherwise and that his client is a nationalized Belizean with financial ties to the country.

Before ruling on bail, Justice Moore asked Bradley how many businesses he owns in Belize and what kind of investment he has in each of them. She also asked about other financial ties, his marital status and previous run ins with the law. Bradley told the court that he owns two businesses in Belize, Dark Night Cave Tubing and a resort in Hopkins, representing an eight million dollars investment and he has been in a relationship with a Belizean woman for three years. 

After considering submissions made by both sides, Justice Moore granted bail in the sum of $50,000 plus one surety of the same amount. Bradley had to first surrender his travel documents before posting bail. Justice Moore ordered that the court notify the US Embassy that his passport has been confiscated. She also ordered that he attends all his court dates in the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court and report to the Belmopan Police Station every Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. until the case is over. Bradley must not interfere with any of the prosecution’s witnesses in any way.
Paumen has been charged with the offense of abetment to murder against four men including American-Iranian, Faroud Michael Modiri over a land dispute.