Belizeans detained by Guatemala to be deported

A government release made on Friday informed the nation that eight Belizean fishermen ad been detained by the Guatemalan navy on Thursday night for illegal entry into Guatemala. The release cited that the Belizean Embassy in Guatemala learned that the men were arrested when they disembarked their vessel at Punta Manabique beach in Izabal department, Guatemala. Punta Manabique is an affluent community which is found on a peninsula of Guatemala directly across from Punta Gorda Town. What the men were doing there has not yet been made public but according to Guatemalan authorities the men were found without any sort of identification; seven of them possessing only a Belizean fishing license. One mediahouse, channel 5, identified the men as Jeffery Gongora, Manuel Flores, Antonio Pop, Simeon Batun, Isidro Tamai, Jorge Tamai, Bartolo Jimenez, and Ernesto Megan. The men were transported directly to Guatemala city having been accused of Illegal entry into Guatemala and docking without proper documentation. But on Monday, government issued another press release stating that the men are in good health and have been allowed to visit the Belize Embassy in Guatemala City. At the embassy the men were processed and given proper documentation to be used when they are to be deported from the country in the next few days. It is expected that the men will be travelling to Belize by road. vlcsnap-2016-05-31-12h04m35s215 vlcsnap-2016-05-31-12h04m39s427 vlcsnap-2016-05-31-12h04m45s426

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