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Picture: Prensa Libre Guatemala

Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2018. 6:50 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Defence has issued a statement saying that it makes clear that the Belize Defence Force (BDF) was not involved in a recent incident at the Benque Viejo del Carmen Border involving a Guatemalan journalist.

According to the statement, the BDF does not currently have a permanent presence at the Western Border or any other formal border entry facility.

The BDF at all times would only attend to matters at these facilities on a needs basis. The BDF therefore was not at the Western Border Facility at the time of the incident.

Security at these Border Facilities is the responsibility of the Border Management Authority assisted by permanent police outposts.

The statement was issued because on Tuesday, Guatemalan journalist for Prensa Libre, Rigoberto Escobar claimed that Belizean law enforcement authorities roughed him up and injured him.

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