BELMOPAN, Belize, Wednesday April 10, 2019 – Two members of Belize’s security forces are among four men who have been detained in neighbouring Guatemala and slapped with firearm and ammunition charges.
The Ministry of National Security confirmed in a statement issued that Police Constable Fabián Laurie and Coast Guard Officer Seaman Pedro Colomer, along with two civilians, Kevin Hernández and Jerille Laurie, were detained by police last weekend.
The four have been charged with possession of firearms and ammunition without a licence.
The Ministry said neither Laurie nor Colomer was on official duty at the time of the arrest, and it was unclear what the two officers were doing in Guatemala.
“The Ministry of National Security assures that it is working closely with counterparts in Guatemala and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure that the rights of the detained Belizeans are preserved and that they have access to legal counsel,” it said.
All four men are at Guatemala’s main prison in Puerto Barrios where they are awaiting trial.