Gaz Tomza manager taken to court for hiring immigrant without work permit

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A 40-year-old Guatemalan national and manager of Gas Tomza is in trouble with the law. Rudy Eduardo Jeronimo Tala was arraigned in the Belize City Magistrate’s Court on a single immigration offense. He has been accused of hiring Cet Enoc Mira Guevara, a Salvadoran immigrant who is not in possession of an employment permit, to work at the company. It is said that he hired him on Monday, June 22, 2020 and that he knew fully well that Guevara was not in possession of the permit. Immigration personnel became aware of the situation when a police officer handed over to them three Hispanic men for investigation. This was as a result of a joint operation carried out at Gas Tomza for the search of illegal firearms and ammunition. While the police did not find any illegal items, they did come across Guevara who was not in possession of a permit. As a result, Tala, Guevara’s manager, was detained and charged.
In court, Tala accepted the facts which were read out to him and pleaded guilty. Magistrate Khadeen Palmer fined $1,500 to be paid forthwith. He was able to pay his fine and he is now a free man.
Further investigations on Guevara revealed that he entered Belize on September 20, 2016 and has been seeking asylum since. According to Immigration personnel, his asylum application is still in process and he is to report to the Refugee Department in Belmopan on August 20, 2020.