Of Masters and Their Slaves

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hezbollah Terrorist Rafic Labboun Obtained Belizean Documents In a Span of Three Days

Rafik Mohammed Labboun Allaboun
Rafic Labboun
(a.k.a. Rafik Mohammed Labboun

Allaboun; a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck)

Last night we told you about the three individuals that were arrested in Mexico, allegedly members of Hezbollah. Two of the individuals, Justin George Abdalah Elders and Yasser Safa are of Belizean Nationality while 44 year old Rafik Mohammed Labboun Allaboun, a Lebanese American, identified himself with a Belizean passport under the name of Wilhem Dyck at the time of his arrest. Here in Belize the news of the men’s detention sent off the alarms at the Ministry of National Security and investigations have revealed that at the time of his arrest Labboun (Allaboun) had a Belizean Passport a Birth Certificate and a driver’s license on him all under the name of Wilhelm Dyck.

Today when we spoke to Public Relations Officer for the Ministry of National Security Delroy Cuthkelvin, he told us that the matter has been turned over to the Criminal Investigations Branch and their findings are alarming.

Delroy Cuthkelvin - Public Relations Officer Ministry of National Security
Delroy Cuthkelvin
Delroy Cuthkelvin
“There are three things that the police authorities have been trying to establish particularly where it concerns the individual that has been referred to in the Mexican Press as an American national with Arab origin let’s say in the East of Belize.  The person has been carrying a fake Belizean passport that was issued in the name of one Wilhem Dyck, two this person has been carrying a birth certificate also in the name of Wilhem Dyck and third that person had been carrying a driver’s license also issued in the name of Wilhem Dyck. One of the things to note is that all these three documents were obtained within the period of about three days on the 29th of August 2012 a birth certificate was issued at the Vital Statistics office, on the 29th of August 2012 an application was supposed to have been made at the passport office in Belize City for a passport to be obtained in the name of Wilhem Dyck and the person paid to have the process expedited which is the normal process he paid $100 to have the passport issued expressed and obtained the passport the following day the 30th of August 2012.  We have been trying to established as I said whether in fact these document were officially issued by our authorities and all indications seem to be that in fact the birth certificate and the passport are concerned that they were in fact officially issued so the police has requested that all the files be turned over to them from the passport office and from the Vital Statistics Office.”

So far investigations have been able to establish that Wilhem Dyke was indeed born in the Village of Shipyard in the Orange Walk District. But he passed away at a very young age.

Delroy Cuthkelvin - Public Relations Officer Ministry of National Security
Forged Belize passport showing Rafic Labboun as Wilhelm Dyck
Forged Belize passport showing
Rafic Labboun as Wilhelm Dyck
“One of the things we have been able to verified in fact that there was a Wilhem Dyck that was born in shipyard, Orange Walk District on the 8th of February 1976, our police investigations revealed that in fact that person died shortly after he was born about two months later and that the persons parents who on the birth certificate are listed as David Dyck and Judith Dyck are also deceased having died one 20 years ago and the other about 25 years ago and the way that was able to be found out was first the police department had officers visit the Shipyard in Orange Walk and were able to locate a vista of the person who was born with that name, Wilhelm Dyck and she had verified that in fact she had a brother who was born by that name on the 8th of February of 1976 and shortly died after two months later and that her parents, David Dyck and Judith Dyck are in fact now deceased as well  about 20 to 25 years ago, so what the police authorities are trying to do is to establish who made the application for the birth certificate at the Vital Statistical office in Belize City.”

According to Cuthkelvin latest reports indicate that Rafik Mohammed Labboun Allaboun did set foot in Belize.

Delroy Cuthkelvin - Public Relations Officer Ministry of National Security
Belize driver's license showing Rafic Labboun as Wilhelm Dyck
Belize driver's license showing
Rafic Labboun as Wilhelm Dyck
The latest report receiving from our police authorities is that the people at the passport office has confirmed to them that in fact this individual did in fact set foot in Belize and did physically went to the office and applied for a passport, again as I said they still have not been able to furnish those hard of the actual application that was made and the police were saying that this is also critical in application to the computer files that were found, they need hard copy of the application because there are certain things contained in those hard copies of the application that will be able to lead them to who exactly received the application and who processed the application and also in terms of the J.P. who certified the person in question, that person has already been identified based on the computer information and that person has been picked up and being questioned by police and the person is saying that basically he need to see a copy of the photo and he would see the application to remember what he needs to remember in that regards.  Where the driver’s license is concern our authorities the police officers also visited the office in Belmopan that issues driver’s licenses and were able to establish that the driver’s license in question which was carrying an ID, that ID is actually a number, that ID number is actually a number of a residence  in Belmopan who also had a driver’s license issued to him in the past, so clearly there was some degree of identity theft that went on there, also at the back of the driver’s license there is a serial number and in the case of this particular driver’s license the series of the number is on the 12000 series and the licensing authorities were able to establish that they haven’t reached that series yet they are still in the 11000 series so clearly the number on that license is not a valid number, as to whether that license was actually issued by the licensing authorities in Belmopan we are still trying to verify and also the address that was used on the driver’s license the police have visited that address in Belmopan which is #20 half-moon street, they didn’t find #20 per say they found 1820 and were able to establish who actually resides at that address and are trying to interview those persons to find out if they have any idea why that address had been used.”

Of note is that the hard copy of the Belizean passport has not been handed over to authorities as yet.  Presently police are questioning the person whose I.D. number was used on the driver’s license. But along with the investigation comes another question, how many people were involved in the issuing of the documents? According to Cuthkelvin heads will roll and no stone will be left unturned.

Delroy Cuthkelvin - Public Relations Officer Ministry of National Security
“There are some weaknesses in the system that will have to be upgraded and one of those weaknesses for example is in the case of the Vital Statistics office, the police were told that they don’t physically file applications by week or by month and so and so there is a difficult in retrieving an application, the hard copy of an application that was made for a copy of a birth certificate and likewise in the case of the passport department clearly there is a problem with filing that they are having so much difficulty not been able so far to retrieve the physical application that was made so immediately right up front that seem to be one of the weaknesses of both of these areas and so the police in addition trying to establish any wrong doing on the part of any one and is also being tasked to question people in those departments as to the process and to see whether the process has weaknesses in it or whether the weakness comes in the execution  of the actual process, whether in fact the process is not proof or whether the process is being carried out to the letter as is been required.  This is a thorough comprehensive investigation, no stones will be left unturned the police is on a full investigation into how this particular individual came by the documented questions and who might have facilitated him and what was the motive whether it was negligence or whether there was some willful act committed on any part of any of our authorities or anyone who has anything to do with Belize, including those persons who were identified by Mexican authorities as having being picked up along with the particular individual, no stones at all will be left unturned and if charges will be levied they will be levied.”

From left, Rafic Labboun (a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck), Yasser Safa and George Abdallah Elders.
From left, Rafic Labboun (a.k.a. Wilhelm Dyck),
Yasser Safa and George Abdallah Elders.

The men were arrested Saturday night in Merida through an operation conducted by the National Migration Institute (INM) and the State Police. Allegedly the group arrested was participating in financing activities in an attempt to bail out incarcerated Hezbollah members jailed in the United States.

This article was first published by CTV3 News in Belize.

Rafic Labboun is an imam with the Northern California-based Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Center of San Jose) and Fatimiyya Islamic Center of Hayward.

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