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Chino goes home
Francis Eiley, popularly known as Chino, has been imprisoned for seven years now, but is today a free man.  Most people in San Pedro, friends and relatives, strongly believed and knew that Chino was innocent of that horrendous criminal charge trumped up on him by the San Pedro Police and the prosecution.  But everyone felt that Chino was innocent and today the justice system of Belize has proven all of us right. Chino has been declared innocent of all charges and has been declared a FREE MAN.

  The declaration has been officially given to the family of Chino, Norman and Susana Eiley, of San Pedro Town.  This has sent rippling waves of emotional happiness and enthusiasm on hundreds of people who have been sympathetic towards Chino and warm hugs and kisses have been pouring on the grieved family who has been crying for justice for the past seven years. 

Today, their cries have been transformed into tears of joy and thanksgiving.  But relatives and friends are not stopping there.  When we visited the Eiley home to share in the happiness, friends were talking about a welcome homecoming to Francis to return to him some of the love and joy that he has been denied for a long time. 

So to Chino we say congratulations on your innocence, thank you for your faith in God's goodness and justice, and a salute to your perseverance. For now Ambergris Today and all of San Pedro would like to say: "Forgive the past and move on to greater endeavors".

Story by Ambergris Today

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