The news is not good tonight for three Belizean security guards and their boss
from Las Vegas Casino. The Mexican Judge has decided that they must stand trial
for possession of illegal weapons and attempted murder. That is the worst case
scenario. That means that – barring the success of an appeal – they
will remain in Mexican jail awaiting trail on those federal offences. If convicted
they could face up to 30 years in Jail.
There is a glimmer of hope. We are told by Belize’s Ministry of Foreign
Affairs that they have the weekend to make an appeal. Minister Counselor in
the Belizean Embassy in Mexico Mike Bejos is in Chetumal looking after their
interests. And what about the argument that the attempted murder happened in
Belize and not Mexico? Well the Mexicans are taking the very broad interpretation that it is a federal offence to try and kill a Mexican anywhere in the world.
As we said, very bad news for the Chetumal 4 and we await the result of the
weekend appeal. But the story on this end has changed significantly because
7NEWS has obtained security video which shows that
the Mexican Edwin Navarro Meneses is the one who started it all. This video
shows that he attempted to grab the tip bag from a casino waiter – which
is when security was called. The security responded and they were escorted out
of the Casino. Security video shows that they returned
in a brown car and shot at the security guards first, on the Las Vegas compound.
It shows George Hardie Jr.'s vehicle leaving the compound four minutes later.