Belize’s Most Senior Diplomat Accused of Rape
He's considered Belize's most senior diplomat - but, tonight, Belize's Ambassador to the European Union, Alexis Rosado's future at Foreign Affairs is unclear. That's because the 51 year old stands accused of child abuse - and the allegation is that it was not an isolated event, it was a pattern of behavior.
The complaint comes from a woman who says that at the age of 13, Rosado started having inappropriate sexual relations with her - and this continued for many years.
As we understand it, the report was first made in late 2021, and after months of investigation, the DPP's office today directed that charges be brought.
Cherisse Halsall has been camped out between the Belmopan police station and Magistrate's Court all day, and she has this report:
7News' stakeout of the Belmopan police station ended this afternoon when Ambassador Alexis Rosado emerged from this Black Toyota Hilux. He was handing himself in to be arrested and charged with one charge of rape, one charge of sexual assault and 6 of aggravated assault of an indecent nature.
And as shocking as these allegations are when made against a senior diplomat they are more so in Rosado's case because his accuser is said to have been a 13-year-old minor when the abuse began.
But this afternoon that victim's long road to justice may have finally started when Rosado was arraigned in Belmopan's magistrate court. He was accompanied by His attorney Rene Montero Jr. who this afternoon held brief for Rosado's lead counsel Dickie Bradley.
And DPP Cheryl Lynn Vidal showed up for Ambassador Rosado's arraignment.
And after some time in court Rosado was granted bail.
A bail he was able to meet when his relatives appeared to sign for his release.
But that bail given for a rape charge - there were some eyebrows raised:
"Sir, sir could you confirm the charges for us? At least to confirm the charges. What are the charges, sir?"
Rene Montero Jr., Attorney For Rosado
"No comment, no comment."
"Is the charge rape? Because for bail to be given on rape would be exceptional."
Rene Montero Jr., Attorney For Rosado
"That is not true. The law allows for bail. Section 16 of the criminal code act allows it."
And with that the Toyota Hilux was allowed to back up right to the courtroom door. We attempted to get an additional comment from Ambassador Rosado but it was too late he jumped in and away they went.
And while that is the criminal matter which will take months if not years to play out, and leaves more than one family totally devastated in its wake - what happens next for this senior diplomat who is considered central to Belize's effort at the ICJ?
Rosado was moved from Guatemala City to Belgium to take over as Ambassador to the European Union shortly after the PUP won. As the Co-Agent for Belize in the territorial dispute before the International Court of Justice his input is considered critical in leading the research which frames the drafting of what is called Belize's counter-memorial, which is the response to the Guatemalan memorial, lodged before the court last year. Belize's counter-memorial is set to be filed on June eighth, 2022.
At the time of Rosado's posting in Belgium, Foreign Minister Eamon Courtenay said, quote,"Ambassador Rosado's posting to Brussels places him close to The Hague, the seat of the Courtâ€¦The assignment was made after careful strategic consideration." End quote.
Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration
Today, Ambassador Alexis Rosado was charged with serious offences of a sexual nature in the Belmopan Magistrate Court.
At the direction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration, Ambassador Rosado has relinquished his diplomatic postings overseas.
The case involving Ambassador Rosado is expected to proceed according to law.