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GSU McAfee-raid results in global black-eye for Belize

Friday, May 11, 2012, 13:19
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BELIZE CITY, Monday, May 7th, 2012 The Belize Tourist Board spends millions of tax dollars every year to market our country as a peaceful, loving, fun and relaxing place to visit. But in one fell swoop, all that positive marketing can go up in smoke – all it takes is one negative report to hit the internet, or much worse, go viral. And like a virus, the heavy-handed raid carried out by the Barrow Administration’s notorious Gang Suppression Unit on the home and property of anti-virus guru, and multi-millionaire American-citizen John McAfee, has spread across the world– sending off terrible signals about Belize. The gang of GSU and Belize Defense Force officers that rained down on McAfee’s property in Tower Hill, Orange Walk at dawn on Monday, April 30th said they were looking for drugs and guns. They handcuffed McAfee, shot at his dogs, and showed him documents they said was a warrant to conduct the search. After searching his property, the officers found ten weapons including seven 12-gauge pump action shotguns (one with a scope), one 12-gauge single action shotgun, a Taurus 9-mm pistol and a 9-mm pistol. Five air rifles with scopes, resembling sniper rifles that use 6.26mm ammo were also found. McAfee said that apart from two weapons, which are licensed to him, the rest are licensed to his security company, Belize Ecological Society. Along with McAfee were six other persons: his 17 year old girlfriend; one of his worker’s common-law wife Princesa Ericson and security guards: Emerson Michael, Emerson Dominguez, Austin Allen, and Tyron Morales. McAfee said that because of the high crime in Belize he has had to take steps to secure his property and life. At first the Police claimed McAfee didn’t have a license for one of the weapons and they charged him with being in possession of an unlicensed firearm, but the charge was dropped after McAfee produced a license. This is despite the Belmopan Police Headquarters having no record for such a license. The Police are also investigating whether McAfee was operating an illegal anti-biotic laboratory on the property. McAfee claims the lab was closed in 2009 when his chief researcher returned to the United States. Samples were taken and are being analyzed by forensic analysts. After the search, McAfee was taken to the Queen Street Police Station in Belize City and released at 2:00am on Tuesday, following phone calls made to the United States Embassy. This kind of barbaric assault has become the trademark style of the Barrow Administration’s GSU. Enough harm is already done by criminals roaming the streets, for law-abiding citizens to have to contend with the lawless behavior of Police officials. Belize’s image is feeling the worst of the impact. Since last Wednesday, when news of the raid went public, scores of reports have appeared on the internet. Reports have appeared on the Huffington Post, Washington Post, PCWorld.com, PCMagazine.com, Newsday.com, Businessweek.com, Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)…and many more. Most sensational are McAfee’s hearty snaps at the GSU and the Government for abusing his rights, along with his claim that the raid was merely payback from an angry United Democratic Party (UDP) politician who he refused funding for the March 7th election campaign.
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5 Responses to “GSU McAfee-raid results in global black-eye for Belize”

  1. Antivirus pioneer McAfee sought in Belize slaying | Egypt said on Monday, November 12, 2012, 21:20

    [...] The Belize Times called the raid “a global black eye” for the country. [...]

  2. An american who will never visit Belize again said on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 0:08

    Belize is a beautiful country, but it is crime ridden and if you can’t even trust the police then I am afraid to return for what would have been my third trip to the gorgeous nation.

  3. Antivirus pioneer McAfee sought in Belize slaying – DAARZone said on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 2:22

    [...] The Belize Times called the raid “a global black eye” for the country. [...]

  4. tourist said on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 17:27

    Spent time last summer in Belize and found the policy corrupt. Totally worthless standing roadside at checkpoints, and colluding with local scammers on hit-and-run phony accident claims. Too bad for such a beautiful place.

  5. An Internet Witness said on Friday, October 11, 2013, 23:03

    For one, the social media and internt have outplayed all of the original staged media like radio stations, televisions and newspapers. Nowadays I come to realise how some of places in this world are so unbearably DANGEROUS!! Horrific photos and clips on internet and social medias tell the real truth of many places that used to be portrayed as safe. I have seen and watched photos and clips on how dangerous life is in Mexico, Jamaica, Brazil, Columbia etc..Total corrupted law and justice entities hence chronic crime organisations and no clear future life expectations of people. Bad corrupted governance. Lot of things just messed at large. 

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