Karol Mello, a fugitive wanted by Slovak police on suspicion of involvement in several murders, has had an expulsion order served against him following his arrest in Belize last week, the 7newsbelize.com website reported.
“The expulsion order has already been issued and has been served on Mello. The order is dated July 16 – which was two days ago – but it is unclear at this point why the government didn't act on it immediately.” the website wrote. “The immigration authorities hold the position that Mello misrepresented himself when he applied for permanent residence [in Belize],” the website continued. “They refer to a specific question on the form which asks if [the applicant] has been involved in any criminal prosecutions or if there are any criminal cases pending against him. His answer to those questions was ‘no’, but according to news reports from [Slovakia] he is wanted for the gangland murder of a young boy and a woman in 2004.”
The Supreme Court in Belize on Tuesday, July 17, halted the extradition of Karol Mello to Slovakia, local TV channel Belize News5 reported on its website, quoting Godfrey Smith, Mello’s lawyer. The suspect remains in detention in the capital, Belmopan.
Mello, who is 42, has reportedly been in Belize for about a year, has a son who was born in Belize to his Slovak partner, and had set up a business in the town of San Pedro. He was detained in San Pedro on July 11.
Source: 7newsbelize.com, Belize News5
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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