General — 08 February 2013 — by Rochelle Gillett
PC Norman Bol, 29, has case of extortion thrown out for want  of prosecution

Marilyn Matus, the complainant, requested no further court action

In June of 2012, Constable Norman Bol, 29, was charged with extortion after Marilyn Matus reported to police that she paid Bol $400 for the release of her husband, Roberto Matus.

PC Bol, when he appeared for his arraignment, pleaded not guilty to the charge and his attorney, Kareem Musa, had requested that disclosure be provided to his client two weeks before the trial.

But when they arrived at court this morning for the trial, Marilyn Matus appeared before the court and requested no further court action in the matter.

When the incident allegedly occurred in June, 2012, Roberto Matus had been detained, pending charges of threatening words. When Marilyn Matus went to the police station, according to her report, PC Bol told her that if she paid him $400, her husband would be released and no charges would be levied against him. Matus said she paid PC Bol the money and they left, and she then reported the matter to police.

Although PC Bol possibly may have dodged the proverbial bullet when Matus requested no further court action, Musa indicated that his client intends to sue the Belize Police Department for malicious persecution, stating that when the police arrested his client, they knew they didn’t have any evidence to support the claim being made by Matus.

Musa indicated to reporters that, as stated above, the matter was set for trial, and that the Chief Magistrate herself had ordered that disclosure be provided to them two weeks before the trial. He would have asked for the matter to be struck out anyhow, because up until the time they entered the court, they still had not received the disclosure from police.

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