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Jan 25, 2012

Alleged PG rape by B.D.F./Police investigated

Raphael Martinez

On Tuesday News Five reported on an incident that involved three women, two Guatemalans and one of Honduran nationality. They alleged sexual misconduct by members of the Belize Defense Force and the Belize Police Department. The Honduran National claimed that she was raped on January fifteenth when she arrived in Belize via an illegal crossing from Santa Cruz Village in Guatemala.  It’s an incident that can potentially have implications at the highest levels of government because the tension between villagers and Belize security forces can cause an international incident. The situation is fluid and has the full attention of the Police department. Earlier today News Five spoke to the Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Police.

Raphael Martinez, P.R., Ministry of Police

“We are not sure yet if it’s B.D.F. or police officers. Police in the Punta Gorda area are investigating this incident; in fact it came to their attention about three p.m. on the twenty-third of this month. It alleges that a young woman, twenty-three year old Honduran national was coming across the border from the Jalacte border crossing area from Santa Cruz when she was approached by people dressed in what seemed to be the attire of the B.D.F. and the police department. She was asked to give me some money and she was accompanied by two other Guatemalan females. The report continues by saying that fearing for her life, she further alleged that they then raped her because she didn’t have any money. So the police department are really investigating matter to find out whether or not this story holds water.”

Jose Sanchez

“Has she made a report? is it just a rumor that is flirting around?”

Raphael Martinez

“Well I was told she went to the human services department and of course the immigration authorities department in Punta Gorda and then went to the police department and now the police department is really conducting investigation to ascertain whether or not this is true.”

Jose Sanchez

“But it’s easy to find out which officers or B.D.F. soldiers would have been assigned to patrol that area?”

Raphael Martinez

“I am definitely sure; that is right.”

Jose Sanchez

“Being that it is not a legal border crossing, have we been able to determine if this woman or those women are naturalized Belizeans, if they hold some sort of residency here in Belize?”

Raphael Martinez

“No. One was Honduran national and the other two were Guatemalans.”

Jose Sanchez

“What would become of them being that she’s alleging a crime has been committed upon her; perhaps she herself may have committed a crime?”

Raphael Martinez

“Well if a crime has been committed and the members of both police and B.D.F. are involved, then the law will take its precedence.”

Jose Sanchez

“Now because it’s an international incident which involves other nationals, would the Ministry of Foreign Affairs be involved? Who all will be involved with an incident like this outside of the police and the B.D.F.?”

Raphael Martinez

“I’m sure the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of something like this indeed that concerns the nationals of another country.”

Jose Sanchez

“Do you know if the Guatemalan or Honduran authorities have contacted Belize regarding this incident?”

Raphael Martinez

“I’m not sure at this point but I am sure that if they have not been contacted, they will be.”

Jose Sanchez

“What does this do in terms of our own patrol in that area being that perhaps the people living in that area may be fearful may be arming themselves? It is a very dangerous area.”

Raphael Martinez

“Yes I have patrolled that area for many years myself and I know it is a very dangerous area. And sometimes what seems to be the real thing is not. So we need to be very careful and so many incidents have been happening in that area for such a long time that we need to be very careful whenever we go out there. We need to act as professional as possible and do the right thing.”

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  1. Lucas says:

    If I read the news correctly the other day, the incident happened late at night. If this is correct, what were they doing so late at night in that vicinity?. I have a feeling it was not something good. Anyway, if found to be true, the whole weight of the law should fall on these officers. But if found not to be true, the same should be with this lady. By the way, last year two Belizeans were killed in Houduras by the police. What happened after that?; Were the murderers brought to justice by the Honduran govt.?, were the bodies repatriated?. It is true they were criminals and were wanted in Belize but instead of extradicting them to Belize, they were murdered like dogs.

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