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Jun 7, 2016

An Update on Plett Abduction

Roger Plett

On May twelfth, Belizeans Roger Plett and Rudy Friesen were taken off Belizean soil on a farm they worked in an area known as Green Hills which adjoins the Guatemalan border. Both men were taken across the border, Plett tied up and threatened, their tractor and bulldozer also taken across. Plett’s tractor was badly damaged. Today, we asked Elrington to update us on what’s being done to deal with that matter. We would say from his answer that nothing is, since he says the Guatemalans were only making use of what he calls self-help.


Wilfred Elrington, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“What I was told is that there were fighting fire…fire got away and it was moving from Belize into Guatemalan territory and the Mennonites had equipment to help to stop the fire and was invited by a Guatemalan N.G.O. to assist, to lend them the equipment to assist and they resisted. And the Guatemalan N.G.O. decided to take self-help and took it from them and decided to use it to clear off the area to make sure that the fire would not go any further into Guatemala and when they had finished that, they gave it back to Plett. You know anybody have any idea of forest. Routinely, especially in the early days when I was growing up…you know I am a country boy…so we use to cut fire paths in the early days. When you were going to be burning your plantation or milpa, you cut an area maybe about ten, fifteen feet—clean, clean, clean—so that the fire would not jump from one farm to the next. And apparently that’s what the Guatemalan N.G.O. did; commandeered the heavy equipment, cleared the area so that the fire will not continue to go into Guatemala and gave it back to Plett.”


Wilfred Elrington


“Sir, however, our understanding is that Guatemalan military were in fact along with that N.G.O. and we have seen pictures where that is the case.”


Wilfred Elrington

“That is not the information that came to me really because we were investigating it. As a matter of fact, we had given instructions…we had gotten word that some such thing had happened and we were checking with the police station and different places where we thought there would have been a report. But couldn’t get any report on it. It was days afterwards that we got the version of this is what happened; it was not that anybody was stealing equipment. I think they got back the equipment, but there was fire…fire was getting away and to try to stop the fire, they commandeered it. You’re not supposed to commandeer it under normal circumstances, but I am just telling you the information that I got.”



“And is this report or a portion of it what you are getting from your Guatemalan counterparts?”


Wilfred Elrington

“I got it from our people because they got it from…I don’t know where they got it from, but that’s the information I got. It wasn’t a case of anything being stolen and taken away.”

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4 Responses for “An Update on Plett Abduction”

  1. Mrs. P says:


    What about Belizean Mennonite Roger Plett taken to Guatemala and traumatized? Anything about that? that was the essence of the question in the first place. Once again, you change topics so you avoid answering. You defend Guatemala!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHY??????????????????????

  2. Belizean Pride says:

    He don’t even mention about the reported tractor handed over mangled to Mr. Plett, what kind of statements are done? Who school dropout does things like this, mein really these people in charged of taking statements don’t even know how to take or write a proper statement no wonder in court we barely have justice due to lack of proper information or written as statements.

  3. Mellow Belizean says:

    Once again the minister is a Guatemalan apologist! The reporter tells him he has seen pictures where the Guatemalan military was involved in this supposed borrowing and yet he insists, “That is not the information that came to me really because we were investigating it. Ever notice these investigations are never in the favor of the Belizeans involved? And he’ll believe the words of his Guatemalan counterpart over the photographic proof provided by the Belizean press?!

    He insists they only borrowed the equipment and gave it back. The fellow told them his equipment was badly damaged. Is GOB going to reimburse him for the forced loan of his property? If I choose to forcefully borrow the minister’s house for a few years and leave it well and bruk up, I can because he said it was okay. As a lawyer, he should know that this own words have set precedent!

  4. Al says:

    Money Mayweather have nothing over Elrington when it comes to dodging. Elrington is a master.

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