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Jul 10, 2020

Bail Denied for Woman Who Failed to Comply with Directive of Quarantine Authority

Olga Galdamez

A Guatemalan woman, who calls Belize home and who was intercepted for violating the quarantine regulation in April, was denied bail when her attorney, Hurl Hamilton applied on her behalf today before Justice Colin Williams.   Olga Galdamez was initially caught jumping the Belize/Guatemala border via the Macal River on April fourth and was taken to the San Ignacio Community Hospital and tested for COVID-19, then placed on a fourteen-day home quarantine.  But six days later, the same police officer who nabbed her when she entered Belize illegally spotted her again on April tenth, along with three others on Church Street in Benue Viejo Town.  When police approached them, they fled in a nearby yard.  Police pursued the bunch and Galdamez was detained and charged with failure to comply with a directive of the quarantine authority. She now finds herself at the Belize Central Prison awaiting trial.  In court today, attorney Hurl Hamilton tried to make the point that she has been living in Belize since the age of three. But in denying bail, Justice Williams said that there was no apparent reason to overturn the San Ignacio Magistrate’s decision to refuse her bail in consideration of the public health.

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