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Oct 16, 2020

B.D.F. is Carrying Out Investigation into Escapee’s Confession Video

We also asked Colonel Loria about the viral video of escapee Christopher Bradley’s confession video. As you may have seen, the video was recorded when Bradley was captured and he made several allegations against other inmates and prison guards.  Commissioner of Police Chester Williams was quick to point out that he doesn’t place any value in the recording which he said was not created and leaked by the Police Department.  So, today we asked Loria if it was done by a member of the B.D.F.’s Special Operations Task Force.  Loria responded that they will know until the investigation into the matter concludes but he notes that B.D.F. soldiers were there for support only and wouldn’t in normal circumstances question a fugitive.

 

On the Phone: Col. Azariel Loria, Deputy Commander, B.D.F.

“Whoever leaked information, especially information like that to the media; it is not an official report or an official media clip or video. So obviously the police are saying it wasn’t done by them and we were operating also in that terrain and it is our duty to investigate it and yes we are conducting an investigation to point from where it was leaked and if so then we will take measures so that it doesn’t happen again. But just to inform the people now that the cyber laws have been approved, we have a derivative of that and we have prepared our own media rules of engagement, especially the life of social media.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What is the standard rule of engagement when something like this happens – you apprehend an escapee or fugitive – what should or shouldn’t happen based on the standard operating procedures of the B.D.F.?”

 

On the Phone: Col. Azariel Loria

“The Belize Defence Force is in support of the Police Department. We usually support the security agencies whenever they request. That is what we primarily do.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Would your officers ever lead some sort of questioning of the fugitive or the escapee?”

 

On the Phone: Col. Azariel Loria

“No, that is usually something usually for the police to do. It is an obligation mandated by law that the police do. We do not usually handle interviews – the police department usually handles that.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“An officer wouldn’t normally, if he is following your regulations, be conducting some sort of questioning like that?”

 

On the Phone: Col. Azariel Loria

“No. Unless he is being requested to do so by the police department.”


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