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Belizean Detainees Dodge a Bullet

Belizean Detainees Dodge a Bullet
April 13
08:11 2019

Late on Thursday evening, the Ministry of National Security issued a press release confirming that four Belizeans, including two law enforcement officers who were detained for firearm-related offense in Guatemala, have been released from custody.

The release confirmed that Police Constable Fabian Laurie, Coast Guard Officer Seaman Pedro Colomer, and civilians Kevin Hernandez and Jerille Laurie are expected to arrive in Belize on April 12th. According to the release the men who were detained since April 6th, appeared in a Guatemalan courtroom on April 11th where all charges against them were dropped.

The four Belizeans were initially detained at a motel in Livingston, Guatemala following reports that they were disturbing the peace while under the influence of alcohol. When authorities went to investigate, they found a 12 gauge shotgun, a 9mm pistol and ammunition for both weapons inside the room.

Last week when the news broke the Ministry of National of Security issued a press release confirming that the two law enforcement officers were not on official duties at the time of their arrest. The Reporter was also informed that the firearms that were allegedly found in the men’s possession were not service-issued.

The Reporter was additionally told that the group of men were on a fishing trip in southern Belize when they decided to cross into Guatemala.

PC Laurie who is attached to the Placencia Police South Formation last showed up for work on Thursday. He is expected to face disciplinary charges for committing a breach of his Police standing orders and for leaving the country without the proper clearance from the Department.

Coast Guard Officer Colomer is also expected to face internal discipline for failing to show up for duties on Friday and failing to provide an adequate explanation for his absence.

Prior to the charges being dropped, Captain Elton Bennett, Vice Commandant, Belize Coast Guard explained, “As a disciplined organization, we are looking at those infractions that might have occurred in this entire process such as him being absent from duties. So we will have a disciplinary hearing.”

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