MEXICO CITY (AP) – The daughter-in-law of a politically influential British magnate was detained in Belize on Saturday.
Police Commissioner Chester C. Williams told 7 News Belize Television that Jasmine Hartin initially refused to to make a statement, preferring to wait for the presence of their lawyer. She was found on a dock near where Police Commissioner Henry Jemmott was found dead early Friday in the city of San Pedro.
“Without an explanation, she would have to be treated as a murderer and we will act accordingly” said Williams.
Hartin is the partner of Andrew Ashcroft, son of Michael Ashcroft, a former UK Conservative Party vice chairman and a major funder. He is also a Belizean citizen and was once its representative before the United Nations.
The incident “seems more personal and not an attack,” said Williams. “We know they are friends. From what we understand, they drank. According to investigation, they were alone on the pier and yes, they were both fully clothed. “
He said Hartin was” somewhat in an emotional state as she moved on the pier. We believe she is affected to some extent. “
LinkedIn accounts indicate that both the younger Ashcroft and Hartin were connected to a local resort in Belize.
Jemmott’s sister Marie Jemmott Tzul told the local media that her brother loved life and Was a father of five children.
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“The investigation may reveal something else, but I think they killed him,” she said, adding that the only information the family had was that he was with a woman they did not know and that his body was found in the water.