DPP appeals acquittal of lawmen accused of landing drug plane Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00

On Wednesday, June 11, police officers who were accused of assisting to land a drug plane in the Bladen reserved area on November 13, 2010 in the South of Belize remain without reinstatement to their jobs even after they were acquitted of criminal charges.

The men linked to the million dollar drug plane were cops, Renel Grant, Lawrence Humes, Jacinto Roches, Mark Middleton, former Customs Officer, Harold Usher and Mango Creek resident, Victor Logan. They were all accused of drug trafficking of one of the largest cocaine busts in Belize.

Their criminal case for the importation of drugs into Belize was called up in the Court of appeal, after their acquittal on December 4, 2012 by the Director of Public Prosecutions. The matter could not get started as attorney Simeon Sampson who represents Victor Logan asked the court for an adjournment on two reasons.

Sampson said that he just got the files for his client case on Monday, June 9, and that he has not been able to properly prepare for the case.

For her part, the DPP also had problems as she noted that some pages were missing from the over 104 pages of transcript of the first trial.

Sampson also said that he had to visit the doctor this week and he is not feeling so well after suffering from a mild case of allergies.

With that, the judges of the court of appeal granted the adjournment and the case of the cops was adjourn for June 24, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

President of the Court of appeal, Justice Manuel Sosa, has ordered Sampson to have his skeleton arguments ready by Friday, June 20, 2014 as arguments will be heard on June 24.

Present in court today were Jacinto Roches, Mark Middleton and Victor Logan.

The others attorney were not present in court.

Attorney for Jacinto Roches, Renal grant and Mark Middleton is Dickie Bradley who was not present due to other matters he had before another court.