Charged for Harboring an Illegal Immigrant Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 March 2013 00:00

On Thursday, March 21st a Belizean resident of #339 Belama Phase 2, Francisca Flores, 50, was charged with harboring an illegal immigrant. Flores appeared unrepresented and initially pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing the facts of the case, Magistrate Adolph Lucas, Jr. asked Flores why she shouldn’t be jailed for her actions. She replied that she didn’t know the minor was an illegal immigrant. She further stated that she got a call from a man who asked her if she can house the minor at her home for a few days, and she said yes without hesitating. Flores then asked the Magistrate if she could change her plea from guilty to not guilty. She told the court that she only pleaded guilty because “they” told her to do so and not waste the court’s time. The Magistrate allowed her to do so, and initially indicated to the court that he would have Flores remanded.

He, however, changed his mind and offered her bail of $1,000 and one surety of the same amount. Francisca Flores is expected to return to court on April 22nd, 2013.

The bail was offered with conditions that she surrender her passport and whatever other travel documents she has to the court. Flores also cannot leave the country without the permission of the court, and she cannot apply for any new travel documents without the court’s permission.

According to immigration prosecutor Albert Munnings,  while they were conducting their investigations into the issue of Irma Hilda Alas Azmitia, who was charged with 5 counts of assisting another person to remain in Belize by attempting to use a falsified passport and 5 counts of unlawful possession of documents, they came up on Flores who was harboring one of the immigrants.