Jasmine Hartin was denied bail ‘for political reasons’ to calm the public

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Jasmine Hartin was denied bail ‘for political reasons’ to appease the public ‘gasp for blood’ – while incarcerated in a notoriously harsh prison in Belize

  • Jasmine Hartin is behind bars for ‘political reasons’, a source claims
  • Ms Hartin, 32, remains in solitary confinement in Belize’s harsh central prison
  • In Belize, a person with no criminal record should get bail for her charges
  • But the Director of Public Prosecutions considers the socialite ‘a flight risk’
  • It was suggested that the decision was to refute criticism that she was receiving ‘special treatment’

Jasmine Hartin is behind bars ‘for political reasons’, a source close to the case reported Saturday evening.

Ms Hartin remains in solitary confinement in Belize’s notoriously tough central prison after her bail request was adjourned.

In Belize, a person with no criminal record should automatically get bail on the charge of negligent homicide.

Jasmine Hartin (pictured in 2013) remains in solitary confinement in Belize's notoriously tough central prison after her bail request was adjourned, a source claimed Saturday.

Jasmine Hartin (pictured in 2013) remains in solitary confinement in Belize’s notoriously tough central prison after her bail request was adjourned, a source claimed Saturday.

But the director of the Public Prosecution Service considers Ms Hartin “a flight risk” and has postponed her bail application until Wednesday.

It has been suggested that the decision was intended to refute criticism that the wealthy socialite has received “special treatment” over billionaire Lord Ashcroft’s extensive business interests in Belize.

A source said: ‘The public is dying for blood. I have a feeling she’ll get away with it.

‘Politicians and police want her to stay in prison to reassure the public. It can take up to a year for there to be a trial.

Ms Hartin faces negligent homicide for killing Police Commissioner Henry Jemmott (pictured) with his own gun

Ms Hartin faces negligent homicide for killing Police Commissioner Henry Jemmott (pictured) with his own gun

Privately, politicians accept that this was an accident, but when voters say she should be hanged, drawn and quartered, it takes a brave politician to say they are wrong.

“She certainly isn’t getting any special treatment in prison – she’s being set aside for her own safety.”

The charges carry a maximum penalty of £7,000 fine and five years in prison, but if a judge agrees the death was an accident, it is unlikely that Ms Hartin will spend any more time behind bars.

The source said: ‘It’s a relatively small fine, so why should she run away? She is being punished for political reasons.’

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