Salvadoran woman fails to get asylum in Belize Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 June 2017 00:00

A Salvadoran mother whose son got caught up in trouble with the law for having weed in his possession was brought before the court on June 28, 2017 to answer to a single charge of failure to comply with the conditions of her visitors permit. That woman is Maria Concepcion who has been living on Holy Emmanuel Street.

Concepcion came to seek asylum but allegations are that on December 5, 2016, she was issued with a notification letter stating that she did not qualify for asylum and from that date, she had failed to get any other extension into Belize. As a result, she was charged with the immigration offense.

In court, Concepcion appeared before Senior Magistrate Sharon Fraser where she pleaded guilty to the charge of failure to comply with the conditions of her visitors permit.She was fined $1,000 plus the $5.00 cost of court and was ordered to pay the fee forthwith, in default of 6 months imprisonment.

The removal order was granted for Concepcion who was unable to pay her fine at the end of the day. She and her son and other relatives remain in Immigration Custody. If she is unable to pay her fine, she will be serving 6 months at the Belize Central Prison and after serving the time, she will be extradited back home.