Colombian national stays in Belize illegally, receives jail time Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

Julian Gonzalez Palomique, a 43-year-old Columbian national and architect, was found living in Belize in violation of the condition of his visitor’s permit. He was taken to court where he appeared unrepresented before Magistrate Aretha Ford. He was read a single charge of failure to comply with the conditions of his visitor’s permit. He pleaded guilty to the charge.

The allegations against Palomique are that he entered Belize on July 4, 2017 via the Belize Northern border and was granted a visitor’s permit to remain in Belize until July 21, 2017 but since that, he failed to get further extensions.

According to personnel from the Belize City Immigration Department, Officers Saul Lizbey and Bryan Silva were conducting mobile patrols on September 15, 2017 when they visited the Raccoon Street Police Station where Palomique was handed over to them by police. He was in possession of his passport.

He was escorted to the Belize City Immigration Office where an interview was conducted. The Immigration officers noticed his date of entry and the date of his permit’s expiry.

In court, he was imposed a non-custodial sentence where he was fined $1,000 plus a $5.00 cost of court which he was ordered to pay forthwith. He was not able to pay his fine and was escorted to the Belize Central Prison where he will remain for a year in default of the payment.

A removal order has been granted to the Belize Immigration Department so that he can be sent to Colombia at the end of his prison term.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 14:23