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May 18, 2016

Police Have Not Visited Scene of Alleged Border Incident

But there’s a problem straightaway with that response, firstly from the Ministry of National Security. The investigation is the first line of action in whatever government’s response will be. Just minutes ago News Five managed to verify with Roger Plett that Police have still not been to the actual site very near the border where the Belizeans were actually seized by Guatemalans. So how do you investigate an incident without visiting the scene? Ministry of National Security C.E.O. Retired Colonel George Lovell had some problems with that one.


Ret’d. Col. George Lovell, C.E.O., Ministry of National Security

“When Mr. Plett spoke to me and we concluded our conversation, I said to him are you prepared to take a team into the area and show them precisely where this occurred? He said yes and can you do it tomorrow and he said yes. And so for all intent and purpose I thought that he was gonna go into the nearest police station. What we had tried to arrange or what I was trying to arrange was for us to do that verification or debriefing that Mister Guerra was tasked to do, which was all arranged. So that was all; that Mister Plett had given me the assurance to take the Belize team in there and to show them precisely what happened and where it occurred. So for us to reach a point where I am now understand that that was not done, for me this is one of the first things that we need to do. And we need to do this because it is the official team’s report that this ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will have to go by. The C.E.O. just said that they are awaiting that report and I think that that is a very important part of our investigation as we try to get to the bottom of this issue.”


George Lovell


“Both Plett and the employee that was detained, about to be charged or being told that he could be charged for a mischievous act, they indicated that the police had them go over their stories over and over and over. And now you are coming here and I would have thought that you would have seen the police reports, but the information that you yourself have at this point isn’t even complete.”


Ret’d. Col. George Lovell

“I have a report here right in front of me, which is suggesting certain things that are not consistent with what you are saying to me. I am saying that having heard what you are saying and seeing this report, I am obligated to go back there and look them in the eye and say to them that this is what was said to me at this press brief, this is what you are saying. Please confirm or deny these things so that I can get to the bottom of this. I make a promise that I would do just that.”

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2 Responses for “Police Have Not Visited Scene of Alleged Border Incident”

  1. carlos says:

    What a shame to see these two government officers confused , seems they don’t know what they were talking about. They better get out of those air conditioned rooms and do the work they should be doing. If this had happened to Guatemalan civilians, their government would have already been internationalizing this. When will these officers learn. Can they do the job or not. If not get out and somebody else do the job. We are wasting our tax payers money.

  2. Hatari says:

    This is total GOB BS! The PD can’t seem to do anything correctly. They are a total waste of time and taxpayers money. And to treat Mr. Plett and Ayala like they have is totally unacceptable.

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