ORANGE WALK–Information reaching Amandala suggests that disciplinary proceedings were carried out today against Police Constable #743 Javier Alvarez, who is attached to the Orange Walk Police Formation, after it had been alleged that his handcuffs were used to bind the hands of Ramon “Don Ramon” Cervantes, Sr., the well-known Orange Walk businessman and former mayor who was abducted and murdered earlier this year.
According to information we received from sources within the Belize Police Department, Alvarez was reportedly found guilty of two counts of Prejudice to Good Order and Discipline, and was consequently fined $200 and “severely reprimanded” by a disciplinary body today.
While we have been unable to ascertain the severity of the reprimand that has been meted out, we understand that other officers who work with the Orange Walk Police have also been reprimanded for involvement in the sensational execution.
Sources told us that on September 26, 2014, PC Alvarez was placed on interdiction for his alleged involvement in Cervantes, Sr.’s kidnapping and murder after information surfaced that he sold his police-issued pair of handcuffs to wanted fugitive Manuel Castillo, who, police insist, is the mastermind behind the death of Cervantes, whose body was found in a shallow grave off the Honey Camp Road in Orange Walk on July 5, 2014.
Of note is that there was a major twist in the case early last month when an explosive recording was aired on Love FM, featuring a man claiming to be Manuel Castillo, who made a phone call to the Cervantes family at around 8:23 p.m. on October 8, 2014. In that recorded telephone call the caller not only alleged that there was police involvement in the murder, but also pointed fingers at the UDP Orange Walk North area representative, Hon. Gaspar Vega, who has since initiated a defamation lawsuit against Ramon “Monchie” Cervantes, Jr., Don Ramon’s son, who also happens to be Vega’s political opponent, and he (Cervantes) refused to publicly retract and apologize for publicizing the unsubstantiated allegations made against Deputy PM Vega.