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Apr 22, 2014

U.S. expert to investigate the killing of a Guatemalan national in Chiquibul

On March twenty-ninth, Guatemalan Tomas Ramirez was shot and killed inside Belizean territory. Reports are that a joint B.D.F. and Police Patrol came under fire by a group of men. They returned fire and Ramirez was killed. For the purposes of diplomacy and confidence building, the incident occurred at the worst possible time. Facing heat from their Guatemalan counterparts, Belizean officials have committed to an intensive, comprehensive investigation, with swift justice if anyone is found culpable in Ramirez’s death. Prensa Libre headlines on Monday trumpeted the news that the FBI had been called in to assist in the investigation, assisted by Canadian Police. It seems like going above and beyond, so today News Five asked Minister of Foreign Affairs for confirmation. He told us it’s not true, but there is an American investigator arriving in Belize today to investigate what has become a high priority incident. 


Wilfred Elrington, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Wilfred Elrington

“The government of Belize had agreed that we would try to seek, to obtain the assistance of an expert from the United States to help us in investigating the incident involving the shooting of the Guatemalan in the Chiquibul. We have in fact gotten a response from the United States government; as a matter in fact, they have recommended a man by the name of James Edward Hamdi, PhD., who is the Director of the International Forensics Science Laboratory and Training Center in the United States. He works with the CARSI program and has been to Belize before and will be assisting the Belize Police in conducting the investigation. It is an investigation that is already ongoing, headed by Senior Superintendent Moody of the Belize Police Force. The intention is to make it absolutely clear that we are taking a very professional attitude towards this investigation; that we are being completely transparent; that we have nothing to hide and that we want the world to know that we are doing all in our power to make sure that the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident are made clear and properly determined. So that the D.P.P. or the Commissioner of Police may take whatever actions the facts deem necessary.”


Mike Rudon

“Sir can you give us an idea of what, prior to the entry of this investigator, what has been the relationship with your Guatemalan counterparts since the shooting? Have they been on the same part as Belize; just wanting to investigate this and getting to the bottom of this, but all things remain calm?”


Wilfred Elrington

“Umm, well when people die, especially at the hands of the military where, in whatever part of the world, it is always a worrying occurrence and countries try their best to avoid this sort of incidence. And given the history as it relates to the Belize Defence Force and people who have been coming across in search of a living, we immediately knew that we had to treat the matter very seriously.”

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5 Responses for “U.S. expert to investigate the killing of a Guatemalan national in Chiquibul”

  1. Rod says:

    Why are we allowing the american gov. To come investigate a murder of a Guatemalan and over 4000 belizeans dead and nothing has been done about it damm can’t this pm and gov. Do anything right the total incompetence of this gov. Is just overwhelming .

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  3. Bulba Martinez says:

    The voice, da fool dih talk but da noh fools dih listen nomore. We just have one of our very own Belizean killed in Guatemala and this has been happening for the longest without any investigations. This guy is stupid and worthless and so are the rest of the corrupted one’s in this Administration. America need to investigate this government, especially “Pennergate”, “Castrogate”, and AliBaBarrow corruption via nepotisim etc., etc, etc.!!!!

  4. Lord LOL says:

    Maybe that man can help solve murders here in Belize.

  5. pure belizean says:

    Hon. Erlington should put on a suit and take his office seriously. the belize police should be competent enough to deal with the matter. lets show this guy that we are truly a sovereign nation. this us. gov. really know how to sneak on weak governments then to feed on their oil. tell you people after a while not far this us gov. will sneak the fbi and cia into the country’s matter just as it happened in parts of mexico and afganistan etc.

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