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#516126 - 07/21/16 11:18 AM GSU Commander Flowers Under Serious Scrutiny
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Last night, we told you about the reports we received that GSU Commander Mark Flowers was implicated in a carnal knowledge complaint. Well, his police bosses confirmed to us today that indeed a report has been made. 

As we told you last night, the mother of a 14 year-old girl has made a report to the Domestic Violence Unit that Flowers had sexual relations with her under-aged daughter earlier this year. Acting Police Commissioner Russell Blackett told us that indeed they have received that report, and they are first checking to see if it has not been made due to malice. He assured us that if the investigators are convinced that the crime happened, Flowers will face criminal charges:

Hon. John Saldivar - National Security Minister
"I have not seen the report but I have been briefed by the acting commissioner that's a matter that is being dealt with by the police and I won't have any more comment on that except to say that yes I'm aware that a complaint has been made and the police is dealing with that matter."

Russell Blackett - Acting Commissioner of Police
"Yes I was called by the commander of the north senior superintendent Grinage and he told me certain things on the same topic. I told him to launch the investigation and presently by sometime today I should get the result of that investigation to review the reports and to see what has been said. We want to make sure that it is not malice and that whatever it contains and once it's true we take the legal actions. No one is above the law not even myself."

Mike Rudon - Channel 5 News
"What is the status of Mark Flowers at this point pending the conclusion of that investigation?"

Russell Blackett - Acting Commissioner of Police
"Right now he's presently on vacation leave and once we deemed or see anything that deems to say well beyond that doubt that he is involved then we do the usual thing and move ahead for the interdiction process if that is so."

And apparently police aren't very optimistic about what may come out of that investigation, because we're told that today Inspector Glenn Caliz took over command of the GSU.  As we've reported, top figures in the GSU – including Flowers – were known to be close to William "Danny" Mason.

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#516216 - 07/26/16 10:58 AM Re: GSU Commander Flowers Under Serious Scrutiny [Re: Marty]
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New GSU Commander Coincidence Not Scandal says Minister

We first reported it last week Thursday, but tonight, it's official: Superintendent Mark Flowers, has been replaced by Inspector Glenn Caliz as the commander of the GSU. Williams has recently been implicated in a carnal knowledge complaint. The mother of a 14 year old girl reported that Flowers had sexual relations with her underage daughter earlier this year. The girl is now pregnant.

Flowers was also known to be friendly to suspected murderer William Mason. But according to the Minister of National Security none of these are factors that played into the decision to replacing him as the head of the GSU and the timing is mainly coincidental.

Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security
"Both of those things. He was the acting commander I should say, because the commander at the time had been on vacation. I believe that commander has now returned, but the decision was made two weeks ago to replace the commander upon his return and that is what has also happened."

Reporter
"Does this have anything to do with the investigation of Mr. Flowers?"

Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security
"No it does not."

Reporter
"Does it have any relation to?"

Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security
"I think I made those statements at the press conference last week. We are giving a new focus and we thought that a change is a good thing at this time. Has nothing at all to do with any misconduct or anything on the part of Mr. Flowers. This was a decision as I said made even before the complaint was made against him."

Reporter
"Has there been any update on the investigation of Mr. Flowers?"

Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security
"I haven't been updated, but I do believe that this morning, there may have been charges laid, but I haven't been updated."

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GSU Commander Mark Flowers, A Fugitive from Justice

Mark Flowers, head of the infamous Gang Suppression Unit, is tonight a fugitive from justice, according to a police source. Over the weekend, an arrest warrant was issued for Flowers, who was out of the country on vacation leave. The news broke last week that a report had been lodged at the Domestic Violence Unit in Belize City accusing Flowers of sexually abusing a minor, thirteen, earlier this year. News Five has been reliably informed that an immediate investigation determined that there was enough evidence to charge senior cop Flowers. He re-entered the country this weekend and we are told that as a courtesy he was given the option to turn himself in Monday morning, or the police would come for him and he did not. Well here’s the thing. News Five has confirmed that Flowers was actually intending to give a press conference this morning in which he would have revealed information that he possesses, allegedly on the relationship between his boss, Minister of National Security John Saldivar and accused murderer William Mason. Flowers frequented the home of Mason in Belmopan, and so did Saldivar. But there was no press conference, and Police have confirmed that Flowers is a wanted man.  Flowers, who is known to be highly connected politically, is being represented by Senior Counsel Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley.

Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley, Attorney for Mark Flowers

“His instructions to me is that he has been notified verbally by his colleagues in the higher reaches of the police department that he will be charged and he is expected and is expecting to be charged anytime today or tomorrow. And he will be charged for an allegation of having unlawful sex with a minor and he has said to me and in fact he will say so to the press, because he is much more articulate than I am, he will say to the press when he was informed verbally that there had been a report against hi very recently, even though there was a previous report by the said minor and her family against another officer, he had said that he informed his superiors who mentioned the allegation that he feels so strongly that he is asking that there be a scientific approached towards the investigation. He is prepared to give up blood, semen, whatever liquid samples for a DNA test because…well he will explain it to you shortly. But basically that is the situation. So there are some matters in relation to this allegation against him which he is going to explain to channel five that there is much more to it than is being put forward to the public’s view. But to answer your question, he was notified some hours ago that he will be charged and that he is to present himself to the police station to be charged. And he has the details of those information. He lives in the Cayo district and I think that he will be talking to the press shortly on the matter.”

Dickie Bradley Says Flowers is Still Commander of the GSU

Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley

According to Bradley, Flowers remains commander of the Gang Suppression Unit despite recent announcements that he has since been replaced by Inspector Glenn Caliz.  Bradley says his client is a senior public officer and as such the Public Services Commission and the Police Services Commission are the only two agencies empowered to remove him.  To date nothing has been submitted to Flowers in writing.

Richard ‘Dickie’ Bradley, Attorney for Mark Flowers

“The commander of the GSU, who I think according to news, have said that he is either to be relieved of—you would know better than myself if he has been relieved—but in his discussions with myself, he has received no letter, nothing official, nothing formal. Because there is a very serious matter involved in terms of procedure and procedure is a substantive part of the law. the Commander of the GSU, Mark Flowers, is in fact of such senior rank in the police department that he is in fact a public officer and as a public officer, he comes within the jurisdiction of the Public Services Commission—and in his case, there is a Police Services Commission. And he has no word that the Police Services Commission has made any directive or perhaps even received any submissions from his department. I start there because legally he is still in charge of the GSU despite whatever announcements.”

Flowers is expected to hold a press conference in which he will speak of the ongoing investigation on his status.

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#516247 - 07/27/16 09:00 AM Re: GSU Commander Flowers Under Serious Scrutiny [Re: Marty]
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GSU Commander, Supt, Mark Flowers, Charged For Molesting Girl, Remanded To Prison

Tonight, Superintendent Mark Flowers, who was the Commander of the Gang Suppression Unit up until last week, is at the Belize Central Prison on remand. He was charged and arraigned this evening on the offense of unlawful sexual intercourse. This is after a 14 year-old girl reported to police that Flowers had sexual intercourse with her on 2 different occasions in January and March of this year. The girl is now four months pregnant.

We have all the details for you tonight, including an extended sit down interview with the now accused and disgraced cop. He took all questions on the child molestation allegation - plus made some broad allegations against his boss, police minister John Saldivar, and we'll have all that for you. But, we start first with our story of how he finally handed himself in to police after eluding arrest since Monday. Daniel Ortiz has that story:

Daniel Ortiz reporting
Everyone is used to seeing Mark Flowers making the evening news as the police officer trying to interdict criminals, charging persons, and escorting them to and from court.

Here he is back in 2014 as the head of the Gang Suppression Unit defending their hard-charging, and sometime abrasive policing approach…

File: September 14, 2014
Mark Flowers - Former Commander, GSU

"The officer's idea to do the job and they did find a pound of compressed marijuana. It's not a girl guide's unit, going out there and talking to people, often times. it is difficult to ask somebody. If you know you are doing something illegal, the easiest thing to do, and this is becoming the culture now is to cry foul."

But the tables have turned, and he is the one crying foul against his fellow cops. He had to hand himself in at the Queen Street Police Station for charges today. He is facing a complaint that he forcefully had sex with a 14 year old girl on two occasions, and today was the first time that he and the police met so that the criminal charges could be formally served on him.

Police say he had been evading them for a few days - because an arrest warrant was issued for him. A few hours before the showed up with his attorney, he sat down with us for an interview and said that he is running from no one.

Daniel Ortiz
"There is this suggestion that you are somehow hiding from them."

Mark Flowers - Facing Child Molestation Allegations
"I haven't been in contact with the, I don't even know who is dong the investigation but I haven't been in contact with Russel Blackett."

Russell Blackett - Acting Commissioner of Police
"There will be charges laid."

Mark Flowers - Facing Child Molestation Allegations
"No problem, but looking after my own interest, I spoke to Blackett and told him that I was coming down to speak to an attorney. Now they're calling me and referring to me as a fugitive. I am coming back in this country as of Monday last week, I am not going anywhere, I have nowhere to go and I have no reason to go anywhere."

So, what does he think about being on the receiving end of the justice he's sworn to protect?

Daniel Ortiz
"You're usually the one preparing these charges for accused persons after you've done your investigation. What is it like mentally right now to be on the receiving end of that, facing being in prison?"

Mark Flowers - Facing Child Molestation Allegations
"Anguishing, to say the least. Because when it's done with malice it is not like you are doing an investigation to prove or to establish a case. When you know that you don't have the facts and when you know that you want to have the facts and you know that your case is going to go down, it is anguishing."

But he says that a hypothetical good case, and what he is facing are as different as night and day. He's is completely denying all accusations against him, and he says there is a serious element of malicious prosecution involved

Mark Flowers - Facing Child Molestation Allegations
"A malicious prosecution is something, maybe it's a retirement plan. It should be a retirement plan and to take advantage of the situation that is afforded through malice, opinion in the absence of evidence is prejudice. They are being prejudicial and I should at the end of the day be compensated."

This evening, the cops marched him to the Belize CIty Magistrate's Court in full view of the press when he was taken into the holding cell, and later before the Chief Magistrate. He is alleging a police conspiracy set up by his policing colleagues, and he believes that though this complaint is alleged to have been committed in Black Man Eddy in the Cayo District, he was brought to the Belize City court as part of a plan calculated to bring maximum disgrace to his reputation.

He was read 2 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse when he appeared today before the Chief Magistrate, Anne Marie Smith. Flowers was remanded into custody until September 26 when disclosure is to be given. A case management has been set for October 26. The case will be heard in Belmopan Magistrate's Court. He's being represented by attorney Dickie Bradley - who will likely apply for Supreme Court bail this Friday - so that the senior police officer will spend only three nights in jail.

According to the court details, Flowers is accused of having intercourse with the 14 year-old girl at Blackman Eddy - where he has a farm - on January 1, 2016 and on March 15, 2016.

Flowers Rejects Sex Abuse Allegation

And so Flowers is on remand tonight - but he says he is falsely accused. The incident is alleged to have happened near his farm in Blackman Eddy where the child alleges that Flowers twice had sex with her against her will. It's a very disturbing allegation and today in the presence of his attorney Flowers told us it is completely false:..

Daniel Ortiz
"I have to be frank and ask you straight up, did you have any sexual relations with this young lady?"

Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander
"Absolutely and unequivocally under any circumstances it's a no! It's a no!"

Daniel Ortiz
"Sir, but it's very hard to process why somebody would want to malign your reputation. They must know that this was going to hurt you - this allegation, when you've according to you, been so kind to them to invite them into your home."

Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander
"Well not into my home, into my farm. I am still at a loss of money to be so important. It is my understanding that they were paid $8,000. $8,000 is quite a substantial sum for these people. But for one man, I don't blame in as much as I am hating what is happening, I don't have the children so much like I hate the person who is putting them up to it. It is disgraceful. I am willing to go through whatever hardship I have to go through right now, but I'll be out. I will be out."

"But I have also made an offer to have a DNA, a scientific done which I understand was agreed upon in the first instance accepted and then later there was ministerial involvement and dictates to forego that aspect and to go proceed straight to charging me. It just proves and it shows that there is something sinister. I am asking, requesting and challenging them to do the test. It is just I am so confident that I would like to have the test done and for the results to be immediately sent to the press instead to me. I am so confident that there will come exoneration that I have no fear about that or I could go to prison from now until the results are back. I am prepared mentally, emotionally, physically, conditionally to go there. I have nothing to fear. If I had any - the inkling of a possibility that I could have had sex with that little girl, I would have been reserved and kept back. It is frightened, it is hurtful, it is damaging, but it cannot dissuade me and it cannot change me, because I did not do anything."

Flowers adds that he is being framed by the family of the 14 year old. He says he invited the family into his home as a good gesture - and this charge is what he says resulted from it:

Daniel Ortiz
"How do you know her?"

Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander
"Alright, last year in July, I purchase a farm out in Blackman Eddy. I had like maybe 8 people working out there including these children. They were not working for me, they were there because the people who were doing chopping - there were 4 guys. They use to go on the area with the guys. We made barbeque and everybody ate and they ate, so they started to rake. We were giving them food. Then my cousin, because my cousin and I does our business, she decided let's give them $15 and then she gave them $25 and they continue to rake. But it came a point when I decided that bulldozing was easier and it was a faster method, it was even cheaper and we got the bulldozer and thus we didn't need the people chopping. We still use to have family functions to which all my family members attended - they were always there. Until in October I think it was the last time that they were there. In December we had a family party, but I insisted that I did not want the children to be around, because it was family and people coming from the States and all of us coming together and then my friends. Furthermore one of the guys who was chopping for me had gone and smoke Marijuana on my verandah and I went to him and in no easy way I told him how I felt and that he was not ever to come back to my place, not even if he was dying."

"We fast forward from then. March this year I hired her stepfather as my farm hand, but I came to my farm sometimes to pay him, he is not there. Sometimes I checked on him, he is not there. Sometimes on my way to work he is not there. I have to go looking for him to pay him. So on 1st July this year, that was what I think caused me to get rid of him. I told him that I didn't want him anymore. That was the 1st of July. I went to the States on the 2nd and I came back on the 18th to this, straight into this."

Flowers Bombshell: A Minister Made Them Do It

And, Flowers says that not only did the family set him up - they did so based on an inducement from a government minister. He doesn't call that Minister's name, but by inference it can be deducted who he is referring to. Here's how he put it:...

Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander
"About 5 weeks or a little more ago, I posted up a picture with the Hon. Deputy Prime Minister on my Facebook page and I understand that and this is a mutual friend of the minister, the host and myself who is saying that it was said to the minister 'he say how could Mark Flowers be so disrespectful and posting up a picture with the Deputy Prime Minister, who as you defeated in the bid for the office of deputy party leader a couple weeks ago, which is nothing to do with being professional, nothing to do with policing. It is my choice, somebody that I admire, I like and I certainly respect. So it my choice on my personal page to put up whomever picture I want to and I commented on the page of how caring the person was and how interested in what was happening in the streets. So he said that Mark Flowers have to get "work" for this. I went on vacation leave on July 2nd. This discussion happened on July 3rd I was told. By July 14th, there was a meeting inside the national security ministry with the commanders of Belize City where the minister had summoned this meeting. I was away, I wasn't here. So obviously the person next in line represented the unit and went to the meeting and it was at that meeting, because when he called me saying that minister is saying this and minister is saying that. I said I have no problem. It was at that meeting that the minister decided that Mark Flowers have to go."

"But he did so in such a haste that it exposes the venom and the hatred that he have. It is childish to be so hateful. You are being consumed by hate and then to try to be vindictive, because I choose to be identified with a particular person who obviously have this dane and dislike for."

Hon. Saldivar completely Rejects Flowers’ Account

And so while Superintendent Flowers, who was with his attorney was careful not to name names, his rage is clearly directed against National security Minister John Saldivar. So, today we spoke to Saldivar by phone and we asked him how he responds to the allegations.

Daniel Ortiz
"The allegations that Mr. Mark Flowers has made is that you are the moving hand behind his being charged, that you supposedly paid the family $8,000 so that they would make a malicious complaint against him because you have a personal vendetta against him. Can you give us a response sir?" Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security
"That has to absolutely ridiculous. I certainly don't even know the victims nor the parent or mother. I've never met them, don't even know their names and so any assertions that I may have been involved with the family is a complete fabrication from Mr. Flowers. The charges that he is facing are serious charges that can cost him is career and can certainly land him in jail. I can understand how he is desperate to try to deflect some of the tension from him but certainly I have not been involved in any such thing, I don't even know the victims or the mother."

Daniel Ortiz
"Okay and the next very serious accusation is that you are somehow involved, or you are the chief architect in his downwards spiral out of the gang suppression unit. You supposedly took, according to him, action against him because he declared his support for your opponent Patrick Faber before the national deputy convention."

Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security
"That has to again be ridiculous, I didn't even know that Mr. Flowers supported Mr. Faber, he wasn't even a delegate. I don't believe he was even a delegate in that convention and I had no idea he was supporting. Certainly as I said before, the change made at the GSU was discussed internally and they felt that there had to be a new focus, nothing personal against Mr. Flowers."

When It All Falls Down: From PM’s Escort To A Jail Cell For Mark Flowers

And so it has come to this for Mark Flowers - a man who was the favourite of the UDP government - the man who provided the escort for the Prime Minister on the night of his re-election in November 2015. He was as publicly chummy with the UDP as a policeman can be - and tonight he is in jail. Today he discussed that trajectory:...

Daniel Ortiz
"It seem as though you've been at the mountain top, at the highest heights in this administration - this UDP administration, being associated with the Prime Minister and it seems as though you have taken a very steep fall all the way to the bottom. How could this have happened? Everyone thinks you enjoy some sort of, not even comradery, some sort of protection because of your connections to the UDP administration and now you are saying that elements of that same administration is the one that orchestrating not only your exit, but you're criminal charging."

Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander
"I will say this way, I have a lot of respect admiration and I will continue to respect and admire Dean Barrow. Dean Barrow, I love him. These minions, these little crooks and dishonest people who try to bring me hardship can't hurt me. There is nothing none of them could do to me that has not already been done to me. There is nothing they could try that will break me or change that relationship - that is a one on one relationship. It is not even political. It transcend political relationship that I enjoy with Mr. Barrow. That is not UDP/PUP, it is a personal liking that I have for him and I have always have that and this is not going to change that. I have never call him in all that is happening, because I don't think he deserves to even be bothered with what is going on. It is something that I can deal with, it is something that the courts can and it will be exonerated. It is just the process from which we get from here to exoneration. I am challenging these people to do the test. Do a professional investigation, do it with some level of professionalism. I challenge Russell Blackett to manned up and be a man and not a twig who succumbs to the dictates of a playish, childish politician. These are little boys' action."

Mark Flowers and Mason? Ex GSU Commander Says He was Undercover!

So where does Mark Flowers fit into all this? He was the one seen on Mason's verandah in a very friendly embrace. He was known to have close ties with the reputed conman. So today we asked him what he was up to - and he told us a quite incredible tale. He says he was undercover!:

Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander
"I had reasons to go there, but I also had all of the communication that was sent to me and having spoken to Russell Blackett, because the information was first passed to him. I went to his office and he showed me the communication and a link on his computer that spoke to. I did not know him before then and I said that I will get in there."

Daniel Ortiz
"So you were uncover?"

Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander
"Yes, I told him, I promise him that I will get in there and I went in and I having been armed with all the information, I still have them and for some strange reason I delete a lot of the messages, but I didn't delete those ones. That conversation with this businessman in Belmopan, because he texted me and said listen I've spoken to Mr. Blackett, he says he was going to talk to you, if you would come and see me in Belmopan, it's about somebody who is doing something in Belmopan that I need to share. So, when I met Danny Mason I already knew - all I knew is that he was ripped off of 120,000 dollars that was supposed to have given to the Minister of National Security as half purchase price for the Bandits Football Club. This is what Danny Mason was telling me. But he tried to con me out of my land, offering me 500,000 dollars for the transfer of my land at the end of 5 years, because he was going to do some project and at the end of 5 years, if he could have used my land for 5 years, he would have given me 500,000 dollars."

"Now I know what I know, but he didn't know what I knew then. So we were there and we were talking and I was asking him questions about his business and how he does his thing and that was then I got to know that he was buying half of Bandits and that he thinks that he was jilted out of his money and when he went back for his money he got words like 'when a ginal and ginal meet, only a ginal wins.' That is what he said to me. He was told to bring 10,000 dollars in US to the Bullfrog Inn on a Sunday morning which he delivered - the Big Creek project. These are the matters that we discussed, but I had to be accommodating to this big man. I didn't go as an undercover, I went as a businessman. I have a farm and we were talking farm and we were taking animals, but I didn't have any pigs. He told me he has the biggest pig farm in Belize. I said I have pigs too, but I don't have any pigs. I wanted this information to go on. I wanted to know more, because the next thing I was going to asked him was how the transfer was done with the Bank of America for 450,000 US dollars for the purchase of his house. How he was able to do that, because we thought we knew that somebody had to be swindled for that."

And as you heard, Flowers says that he had conversations with William Mason in which there is this allegation that John Saldivar supposedly proposed a co-partnership with Mason for the Belmopan Bandits Football Club. As you heard, Flowers says that Mason is claiming that he paid Saldivar over a hundred thousand dollars, but the National Security Minister supposedly jilted him out of it.

Today, we put that allegation directly to Minister John Saldivar and here's how he responded via telephone:

Daniel Ortiz
"And then finally sir, what of the things he disclosed to us, he says when he was investigating Mason from the inside as an undercover cop, some conversation he had with William Mason to the effect that you and William Mason was supposedly discussing shared ownership of the Belmopan Bandits and that this man paid you over 100,000 towards this half ownership and that you supposedly jilted the man - also another serious accusation."

Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security
"Absolutely no basis for that. I've already disclosed what my relationship was with Mr. Mason with respect to the Belmopan Bandits. There was no jilting of anyone. We had an arrangement for him to contribute to the Belmopan Bandits and like I said when I found out information about his background, I decided to disassociate myself from him and he has no longer made any contributions to the Bandits after that time. Of course it has to concern me, but I think that people will see it for what it is and that is a man who has been accused of a serious and reprehensible crime about minors and a man who has a lot to lose by these charges being brought against him and I can see that he is a desperate man."

This evening, Acting Commissioner Russell Blackett called our office to say that he did not have ANY conversation Flowers about the William Mason investigation. He stressed that Flowers is not a part of any under-cover operation sanctioned by the police top brass, and if Flowers did any such operations, he did so on his own initiative.

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#516269 - 07/28/16 11:13 AM Re: GSU Commander Flowers Under Serious Scrutiny [Re: Marty]
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The Flowers File, the Saldivar Retort

Superintendent Mark Flowers, he may be in jail tonight – but his name is ringing all over the country – and not because he's accused of molesting a 14 year old girl – but because of the allegations he's hurled at police minister John Saldivar. Though he never mentioned Saldivar by name, Flowers sat down with us for just under 40 minutes and ranted and railed at his Minister, and his police superiors who he says are doing the Minister's bidding to railroad his career and smear his reputation.

To be able to draw the inference that it is Saldivar he is pointing fingers at, we'd have to take you back to the beginning of the episode, which he says started a few weeks ago. Here he is in the interview sharing his reasons for suspecting that his Minister meddled in Police business to get him removed as the head of GSU. We also have Saldivar responding and completely denying that allegation, calling Flowers just a desperate man trying to deflect blame from himself:

Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander
"About 5 weeks or a little more ago, I posted up a picture with the Hon. Deputy Prime Minister on my Facebook page and I understand that and this is a mutual friend of the minister, the host and myself who is saying that it was said to the minister 'he say how could Mark Flowers be so disrespectful and posting up a picture with the Deputy Prime Minister, who as you defeated in the bid for the office of deputy party leader a couple weeks ago, which is nothing to do with being professional, nothing to do with policing. It is my choice, somebody that I admire, I like and I certainly respect. So it my choice on my personal page to put up whomever picture I want to and I commented on the page of how caring the person was and how interested in what was happening in the streets. So he said that Mark Flowers have to get "work" for this."

Daniel Ortiz
"Okay and the next very serious accusation is that you are somehow involved, or you are the chief architect in his downward spiral out of the Gang Suppression Unit."

Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security
"That has to again be ridiculous, I didn't even know that Mr. Flowers supported Mr. Faber, he wasn't even a delegate. I don't believe he was even a delegate in that convention and I had no idea he was supporting."

Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander
"By July 14th, there was a meeting inside the national security ministry with the commanders of Belize City where the minister had summoned this meeting. It was at that meeting that the minister decided that Mark Flowers have to go. But he did so in such a haste that it exposes the venom and the hatred that he have. It is childish to be so hateful."

Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security
"Certainly as I said before, the change made at the GSU was discussed internally and they felt that there had to be a new focus, nothing personal against Mr. Flowers."

From there, Flowers goes a bit further, and this time, he is careful not to call the police minister by name. But, by the context of his comments, you can deduce that he is accusing the Minister of deploying an agent to induce the family of the 14 year-old girl who is accusing him of carnal knowledge. He claims the family was paid $8,000 to make this malicious criminal complaint against him. Again, Saldivar categorically denies doing any such thing:

Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander
"I am still at a loss of money to be so important. It is my understanding that they were paid $8,000. $8,000 is quite a substantial sum for these people."

Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security
"That has to absolutely ridiculous. I certainly don't even know the victims nor the parent or mother. I've never met them, don't even know their names and so any assertions that I may have been involved with the family is a complete fabrication."

Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander
"But for one man, I don't blame in as much as I am hating what is happening, I don't have the children so much like I hate the person who is putting them up to it. It is disgraceful. I am willing to go through whatever hardship I have to go through right now, but I'll be out. I will be out."

"I'll get to the bottom of this man's.. it is."

Daniel Ortiz
"Did you know who paid her?"

Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander
"I know."

Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security
"The charges that he is facing are serious charges that can cost him is career and can certainly land him in jail. I can understand how he is desperate to try to deflect some of the tension from him but certainly I have not been involved in any such thing, I don't even know the victims or the mother."

Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander
"And if one picture can cause you to be so vicious and hateful and vindictive then you deserve to be shared around in an equal manner. I will be hateful and vindictive when I'm out from there and I find and I could; I will get to the bottom."

Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security
"I think that people will see it for what it is and that is a man who has been accused of a serious and reprehensible crime about minors and a man who has a lot to lose by these charges being brought against him and I can see that he is a desperate man and I'm certainly concerned he has felt the need to say and do what he is saying and doing but desperation causes people to do weird things."

Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander
"Dean Barrow, I love him. These minions, these little crooks and dishonest people who try to bring me hardship can't hurt me. There is nothing none of them could do to me."

And, he took the Minister on for a 3rd time during our interview, when we asked Flowers why he was so chummy with accused murder, conmnan, kidnapper and extortionist, William "Danny" Mason. Earlier this week, National Security Minister John Saldivar disclosed that Mason donated "in excess of 50 thousand dollars" to his Belmopan Bandits Football Club. Well, Flowers, who claims that he was undercover, trying to get close to Mason, claims that the business relationship between Saldivar and Mason is allegedly more involved, to the point where Mason was trying to buy into a co-partnership over the Bandits team. Here's that conversation with Flowers, and the Minister's complete denial, referring to Flowers' claims as malicious, desperate stories:

Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander
"Now I know what I know, but he didn't know what I knew then. So we were there and we were talking and I was asking him questions about his business and how he does his thing and that was then I got to know that he was buying half of Bandits and that he thinks that he was jilted out of his money and when he went back for his money he got words like 'when a ginal and ginal meet, only a ginal wins.'"

Rowland Parks - Amandala
"The minister spoke last night about getting about 50,000 dollars from Mason. To the best of your knowledge is that the truth?"

Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander
"Unless he was speaking in US dollars; US currency."

Hon. John Saldivar, Minister of National Security
"Absolutely no basis for that. I've already disclosed what my relationship was with Mr. Mason with respect to the Belmopan Bandits. There was no jilting of anyone. We had an arrangement for him to contribute to the Belmopan Bandits and like I said when I found out information about his background, I decided to disassociate myself from him and he has no longer made any contributions to the Bandits after that time."

Rowland Parks - Amandala
"Sir it's more than 50,000 dollars. You were saying earlier that Mason wanted to buy half of the Bandits, own half of the Bandits but it would be more than 50,000 dollars."

Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander
"That is what Mason said to me. He had to been that the minister was referring to US currency. It would have been obvious it was not Belize currency he was talking about you know."

Supt. Flowers, The Undercover Operator

And as we told you, according to Mark Flowers, the only reason he was able to have that conversation with William Danny Mason was because he was trying to gain the trust of this alleged con-man. He said yesterday that after discussing it with Acting Commissioner Russell Blackett, he decided to approach Mason, not as a policeman, but as a commercial farmer who was trying to make connections to grow his business.

Its quite a story, and tonight, we have a little more from our interview with Flowers in which he claims to have been able to get evidence of one of Mason's fake Belizean documents. Here are those comments:

Daniel Ortiz
"This is the first time we're hearing that you were an undercover police officer for the investigators of Danny Mason. They seem to have buried this information."

Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander
"No, no, no, no, no. Danny Mason was somebody who was intriguing and when the information came to Blackett, Blackett shared it with me and I told him I will get into the person, I will get in. I know I could get in there and I found a way in there and I got in there; we talked. I didn't go as an undercover, I went as a businessman. I have a farm and we were talking farm and we were taking animals, but I didn't have any pigs. He told me he has the biggest pig farm in Belize. I said I have pigs too, but I don't have any pigs. I wanted this information to go on. I wanted to know more, because the next thing I was going to asked him was how the transfer was done with the Bank of America for 450,000 US dollars for the purchase of his house. How he was able to do that, because we thought we knew that somebody had to be swindled for that."

Daniel Ortiz
"Did you engage in anything unethical or in anything criminal while trying to investigate him?"

Mark Flowers, former GSU Commander
"No, no, no, no. I went to Danny's house twice that I think was a Wednesday afternoon when I was able to establish and created a conversation with him. I was able to snap his social security card and I got to know how he received it, who secured it for him, how much he paid. I got the information I wanted, I was on top of conversation alright because I offered him to get him those documents. We knew he had them but to prove he had them you have to offer it to him and he said no I have that already and he took it out and that is how we got the picture which on that phone right there."

To repeat what we first reported last night, Acting Commissioner Russell Blackett is denying all of Mark Flowers' claims that they even discussed the William Danny Mason. He told us in the strongest terms that he had ABSOLUTELY NO conversation with Flowers.

According to Blackett, If Flowers did any independent investigation of Mason, he did so on his own initiative, and it was definitely not sanctioned by the Police high command.

Bradley Says Cops Conspired Against Flowers

We backtrack now to yesterday's arraignment. All of yesterday, we'd been hearing from multiple reliable sources that Flowers was going to be charged with 2 counts of rape. That's what, according to our information, the police initially served on him, but they later changed it to unlawful sexual assault.

Yesterday, before his client was arraigned, attorney Dickie Bradley told us that they both suspect that the reason the police changed the charge was to ensure that he couldn't get bail right after his arraignment in the Magistrate's Court:

Dickie Bradley - Attorney for Mark Flowers
"Normally when it is a minor the charge is usually unlawful sexual intercourse which would be the equivalent of the old carnal knowledge. There has been an amendment, confusion as usual but he is in fact on the charge sheet charged with rape. Now interestingly enough the client control act has been amended that you cannot get bail for carnal knowledge but in fact rape is a bail able offence in the magistrate court. So on the one hand in his view trying to smear him further and make him a rapist allows the magistrate to give him bail. I've told him he will not get bail, he will have to go to the Supreme Court; rape is a bail able offence in Belize. To show you how they are looking after the women folks. You can rape them and come to court and get bail  but if you in fact sexually abuse a child you can't get bail and one crime is not worse than the other, one is not lesser than the other it's just part of the foolishness that goes on when you tamper with the law and don't look at it.  But the actual charge sheet reads rape."

"If god is willing he will be granted bail shortly."

Information to our newsroom late today was that Bradley was at prison today meeting with Mark Flowers and William "Danny" Mason. We called Bradley just a short time ago and he said t6hat it's just a rumour; he did meet with Flowers but has no business with Mason. 

As for the rape charge the fact is once a minor-aged girl child is involved, the charge is unlawful carnal knowledge, or as it is now known, unlawful sexual intercourse. If the child is younger than 14 the penalty the minimum 12 years in jail.  For rape, the minimum penalty is 8 years. 

In cases like these, the attorneys usually apply for an expedited bail hearing, and so all goes well for Mark Flowers, he should be getting out of jail by Friday; since that is the day the Supreme Court usually hears bail applications.

Flowers Faced An Allegation of Sexual Assault in 1999

And while Flowers is facing this very serious charge against him for molesting a child who , to hear him and his attorney tell it, he has an above average chance to get off.  And, it wouldn't be the first time Flowers has eluded an allegation of sexual assault.  We've been doing our digging and found that in 1999, Flowers, then an Assistant Inspector in charge of the Dragon Unit Belmopan was accused of the sexual assault of a female police recruit.  The recruit alleged that Flowers went to pick her up at the Police Training Academy at night and she left voluntarily – though against Academy regulations which prohibits recruits from leaving the compound.  She returned an hour later crying, alleging that Flowers had sexually assaulted her. No criminal charges were brought, but Flowers did face internal pressures, and left the Department.  The female recruit also ended up being forced out of the Training Academy.  He turned up the following year working at Belize Central Prison.   When the prison was privatized, he was absorbed into the scenes of crime unit as a civilian staffer, and later rejoined the police as a Sergeant. From there he quickly regained ranks and ascended with lightning speed to Superintendent under the UDP. Last year we asked him how he got promoted so quickly:…

FILE: August 12, 2015

Supt. Mark Flowers - Commander, GSU
I imagine the senior command are satisfied with the performance and therefore rewarded the performance with the or justified the post with the rank making it, make it consummate with the rank."

Jules Vasquez
"Is it though an indication that also; people say that you're friendly with the government of the day."

Supt. Mark Flowers - Commander, GSU
"And I have no apologies for that. I'm a Belizean; I have a choice to be friendly with whom I want to be friendly with."

Jules Vasquez
"Yeah but you have to be impartial in the execution of your duties."

Supt. Mark Flowers - Commander, GSU
"Who said that I wasn't impartial? I say I have a right to be friendly with whoever I want to be friendly with."

Jules Vasquez
"So you're promotion isn't because you are perhaps sympathetic to the government of the day?"

Supt. Mark Flowers - Commander, GSU
"I would have wished that was the case, perhaps I would have been the deputy commissioner or commissioner but that is not the case Jules."

That interview was conducted in August of 2015.

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#516305 - 07/30/16 11:08 AM Re: GSU Commander Flowers Under Serious Scrutiny [Re: Marty]
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Supt. Mark Flowers Got Bail; Keeps Quiet

So, he won't hear anything from Mason, but would the PM listen to evidence brought to him by his old friend Superintendent Mark Flowers? He has that option now because Flowers is out on bail tonight.

He was arraigned on 2 counts of unlawful sexual intercourse against a 14 year-old minor on Wednesday. Before he handed himself into police, he made the media rounds to rant against National Security Minister, accusing him of inducing the family of minor to make a malicious complaint against him. He also suggested that Saldivar meddled in Police business and got him removed as the head of the GSU, all out of personal malice.

Saldivar has categorically denied all allegations, dismissing Flowers as a desperate man who will do and say anything to try to shift blame from himself. It had been rumoured all of yesterday that while he was at the Belize Central Prison, Flowers made contact with William "Danny" Mason, who supposedly gave him certain information, which he would be disclosing, specifically pointing to Mason's relationship with John Saldivar.

So, we showed up to court today to see just how it would all play out and Daniel Ortiz reports:

Daniel Ortiz reporting
After spending three nights in Prison, Superintendent Mark Flowers strutted toward the courtroom of Justice Adolph Lucas Sr. Except for the police escort beside him, you'd never know that he was still in police custody.

He walked past the press, smiling and greeting everyone he met, as though confident that he would be successful in getting bail.

His attorney, Dickie Bradley, went into the courtroom and about 2 hours later, he was successful in convincing Justice Lucas that Flowers should be admitted to bail.

Dickie Bradley - Attorney for Mark Flowers
"Mark Flowers appeared in front of Justice Adolph Lucas on his petition which was an urgent petition which was filing juts this week and in relation to the two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, he was granted a bail which is a bit high of $7,500 stipulated to be a land paper. so I might have to go and check with Mr. William Mason if there is any land paper knocking around, but the conditions of the bail are the usual conditions, except you would have heard the crown council, Shanice Flowers, from the DPP's office saying to his lordship that she would want to respectfully request the court to instruct as part of the conditions for bail that Mr. Flowers does not in any way of through any other person, interfere or communicate with the complainant in the matter. His lordship asked the media not to mention the name of the minor which of course would be against the law and I would have to apply for bail for any of you who did that. So Mark Flowers is going to be free in another few minutes and then that drama over his life in this phase hopefully is over. He had agreed to give Love FM an interview but that is entirely up to him in relation to what has transpired."

The judge has ordered that Mason must report to the San Ignacio Police Station once every week. He must attend all adjournments for his criminal case, until the matter is disposed of, and he must not interfere with the prosecution's witnesses. Of important note is that Justice Adolph Lucas gave Flowers advice that he ought to consider not making any more public comments on his suspicions that the family of his accuser was induced. He pointed Flowers to the fact that by virtue of his counter accusations, it could cause the family to be shunned and treated unfairly. He also advised Flowers to ensure that he can prove all the allegations he has made because the persons he has accused can sue him for slander.

All indications are that Flowers intends to follow the judge's advice. He did indicate to us that he would be willing to grant another interview on a different matter, which we'll tell you about on Monday's newscast. He promised to stop by our studio after his bail was finalized but up until news time, he had not.

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