PM comments on shooting of Guatemalan in Chiquibul National Park

The Government has another headache to deal with in the matter of a shooting incident last week in the Chiquibul National Park. Prime Minister Dean Barrow gives details.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow:
vlcsnap-2013-06-12-19h14m01s26There shooting incident, as you know, that occurred on June 3, 2013 between the hours of 2 and 3pm a Guatemalan national, Edgar Alexander Alvano was shot by Belizean security forces during an operation in the Caballo camp area of the Chiquibul National Park, he was encountered two kilometers east of the Belize/Guatemala border.  So, he was well within Belize’s national territory.  After Mr. Alveno had fired on the BDF patrol, they returned fired and Mr. Alveno was shot. Members of the patrol disarmed him, searched and found two cellphones, (1) .22 riffle and 11 live rounds of ammunition. 

Prime Minister Barrow says our soldiers gave their unexpected guest excellent treatment.

Prime Minister  Dean Barrow:
The B.D.F. medics…he was shot—I think he received like three wounds. And I correct colonel? Four… The B.D.F. medics, who obviously are outstanding, attended to him, tried to bind up his wounds. It took a while, given where they were, to walk and carry him to a point where the ambulance was waiting to take him to a hospital. How long did that extraction process last colonel? About twelve hours. But the medics did such a good job that he was taken to the hospital, surgery was done on him and he is in a critical but stable position apparently recovering with each passing day. A joint verification team including officials from Guatemala, the O.A.S. and the government of Belize, visited the area and confirmed that the incident occurred well within Belize. The foreign minister, or rather the C.E.O. who accompanied the minister to the O.A.S. meeting in Guatemala, had a discussion with I believe the deputy foreign minister in Guatemala. As I recollect the foreign minister did not even raise the matter with our foreign minister. So presumably the fallout from this incident is going to be minimal especially if the man makes a complete recovery

But he cannot expect compensation like what was given to the family of the deceased Francisco Quin Yat last October after he was fatally shot in the same area. This incident is being discussed at high levels but not much will come out of it.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow:
The file was given to the Director of Public Prosecutions.  It was directed that additional Police work be done to complete the presentations.  It is hoped to do additional work by Friday.
They need to record a statement from the cameraman and the drivers of the equipment.

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