Prime Minister of #Belize Dean Barrow has issued an immediate suspension of junior Minister Mark King following an early morning incident at a Casino in the Corozal District.
According to an official statement, King was suspended from his duties as a Minister of State for three months without pay. In the official government statement it was announced that Cabinet was briefed on the incident at the Princess Hotel and Casino in the Corozal Free Zone and that King’s behavior was “not consistent with his obligations as a Minister of State.” Cabinet was also informed that the police, based on their preliminary review of the facts, will be bringing charges of disorderly conduct and threatening words against Minister King. And while the charges will be dealt with in court, the prime minster, as head of government, says that he is of the opinion that King’s involvement in the incident “constituted, at the very least, unbecoming conduct.” The official statement ends by saying that “the prime minister and cabinet also expect that Honorable King will issue a statement of apology to his constituency, colleagues and the country.”
HERE IS THE APOLOGY:
Mark King... I am sorry.....!
My fellow Belizeans, by now you would have learnt through the media that I was
involved in an incident while socializing at the Princess Hotel & Casino in Corozal,
which resulted in a breach of the peace and the imposition of charges against me by
While I make no admission of wrong-doing and will take all necessary steps to be
properly represented at the trial of those charges, I want you all to know that I am
very sorry and deeply regret that this incident occurred.
I apologize to you, the Belizean people, members of my constituency and to all my
Cabinet colleagues for this unfortunate incident.