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Apr 10, 2019

Detained Belizeans Go Before Guatemalan Court on Firearms Charges

Thirty-three-year-old Fabian Laurie, twenty-five-year-old Pedro Colomer and two others identified as Kevin Hernandez and Jerille Laurie remain locked up in a Guatemalan prison tonight after appearing in court in Puerto Barrios earlier today.  The men, all Belizeans, were busted on Saturday in Livingston where they were found in illegal possession of weapons and ammunition.  Fabian Laurie and Pedro Colomer are attached to the police department and coast guard, respectively.  Since then, the quartet has been detained pending trial for firearms offenses committed on Guatemalan soil.  According to Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, Laurie was not on duty at the time of his arrest and while his employment status remains undetermined, it is the hope of the ComPol that he receives fair treatment while incarcerated.

 

Isani Cayetano

“Can you give us an update in respect of the officer who is locked up in Guatemala?  Speak to us on what his status is in the department and of course upon his release what happens thereafter in respect of his employment.”

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“Well I guess you have read the press release issued through the ministry and yes, the officer was held in Livingston, Guatemala and he was not on any duty assignment.  They went there on their own and unfortunately they were caught.  In terms of what happens, we are currently coordinating through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which you would know as a matter of protocol, we normally, when it comes to nationals of other countries, the communication normally goes through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to see what can be done to assist the officer.  In terms of his status with the police department, we cannot say at this time because we have to wait to see what will be the outcome of the matter in Guatemala.  The presumption of innocence is still there.  I would want to think that he would go through a court process and we are hoping that the process would be fair and whatever the outcome of that court process will be then we’ll see how that will play out back home.  I, for one, am hoping that the officer and others can be sent home and if it is that there is any punishment to be demitted that it should be served here, but we cannot dictate to the Guatemalan authorities what to do.  We can just hope that they are going to be considerate and lenient in dealing with the officer and other Belizeans.”


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