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Slovakian Accused of Ties with Mafia is Set Free in San Pedro

There are currently no criminal charges whatsoever pending against Mr. Karol Mello, an alleged crime boss in Central Europe, who was detained in July in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, due to extradition order issued by the Government of Belize and subsequent immigration charges brought forward by the Immigration Department.

The month-long legal saga involving 42-year-old Karol Mello, since his detention in San Pedro, moved to the Belmopan Magistrate Court where it culminated on Monday, August 20, 2012, in the courtroom of Senior Magistrate Linsbert Willis.

Two charges, perjury and uttering upon an invalid passport, levied upon Mello immediately following an order by Supreme Court Justice Oswell Legall to have him set free on August 10, were subsequently withdrawn when he presented himself in court. The charge of uttering upon an invalid passport was dismissed by the magistrate and the prosecution withdrew the other charge of perjury.

The Slovakian national, who is wanted in his home country to stand trial for the crimes of murder, allegedly committed the local offences in the Cayo Judicial District where he had applied for permanent residency at the Immigration and Nationality Department. Mello’s last-minute indictment, in the wake of the Supreme Court decision, was regarded by his attorneys as a futile attempt at keeping him locked up while government was able to affix charges that would ensure his expulsion from Belize.

Karol Mello came to Belize in 2010 and is being sought by Interpol for a series of murders he purportedly committed in Slovakia. In the absence of an extradition treaty with Belize, he is once again a free man. He holds permanent residency in Belize and is currently living with his wife and Belizean-born son in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. His family had sent out this release regarding his arrest in San Pedro and supposed criminal charges by his government with the intent to clear his name and remove any false accusations towards him. (Source: Channel 5 News)

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