SAN PEDRO, Ambergris Caye, Mon. Apr. 8, 2019– Alberto Samid, 71, an Argentinian businessman who is wanted for federal offences in his country by law enforcement and INTERPOL, was detained by police while he was walking in the south end of San Pedro Friday morning.
Authorities in his country were alerted and two federal officers from Argentina have been sent to Belize to take Samid back to his country.
According to reliable sources, Samid’s wife and son arrived in San Pedro from Argentina to be with him. They said that their father has health issues and must take his medication. Police said that they were made aware of his health condition and Samid is kept in an open area and not handcuffed while he is being detained.
He is to be taken to the San Pedro Magistrate’s Court as part of the initial phase of the process to deport him.
The San Pedro Sun reported that Samid’s family members arrived in San Pedro yesterday, Sunday, shortly after midday. Samid’s wife, Marisa Scaravía, and son, Jose Samid, went to the San Pedro Police Station to see Samid, but they were unable to see him.
The two federal agents sent from Argentina are hoping to be able to take Samid back to his country by Tuesday or Wednesday.
According to the Sun, Argentinian authorities said that Samid left his country illegally on March 24 for a holiday, then went to Paraguay, then to Panama, and arrived in Belize City on March 26.
A few days after, on Friday, April 5, INTERPOL issued an outstanding warrant for Samid and later that day, he was spotted south of San Pedro Town, where he was detained.
Reportedly, If he is found guilty of the accusations against him in his country, he could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison.