Bail denied to 66-year-old Michael Coye Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

michael coyeIn late July of 2012, two members of the Coye Family and with two of their employees were convicted of money laundering under the Money Laundering and Terrorism Act and while the employees escaped jail time, Melanie Coye and her father, 66-year-old Michael Coye were convicted and sentenced to jail for 3 years. They were additionally fined ,000. They have since appealed the case but remain in jail.
Since then, Michael Coye has been seeking bail. On Tuesday June 4th, Justice Samuel Awich ruled on his application and denied him bail. The ruling was handed down at a special sitting of the Court of Appeals

In his ruling Justice Samuel Awich said that he is not sure of the prospect of success of the Coye’s appeal and that there was not sufficient grounds before the court for bail to be granted. Judge Awich concluded to say that he will be providing the parties and the court with his reasons for bail denial in writing at a later date.

Upon leaving the court room, Michael Coye had this to say, “I paid a local attorney to defend me and today he failed to show up hence, we had to get Bryan Neal to assist us. It’s a shame what was done to us, but as sick as I am, I will survive. I have been in prison for 9 months now and I have been suffering from diabetes for more than 20 years.” The local attorney who was first handling the case was Arthur Saldivar.

“I love you”, were the last words uttered to him by his wife, Marlene Coye before Michael was put back into a vehicle and taken back to the Belize Central Prison.
In July 2013, the Michael and his daughter Melanie Coye, and his daughter Melanie Coye were both found guilty of money laundering along with two of their employees, Detrick Kingston and Athlee Matute. Michael and Melanie were the only ones to be sent to jail.