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Belize benefits from Interpol relationship

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2019. 9:07 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: It has become something of a tradition for Commissioner of Police (ComPol) Chester Williams to host the press at his office in Belmopan after a foreign trip or for major events.

This time, it was the 88th General Assembly of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), established in 1923 and held in Santiago, Chile, with representation from 144 member countries.

Interpol facilitates worldwide police cooperation and crime control. The conference discussed global law enforcement issues and strategies to fight such issues worldwide.

ComPol Williams says he learned a lot about how to fight particular crimes, including trafficking in persons, gang issues and cyber-crime.

Interpol in Belize is best known for collaborating in the safe transfer of wanted criminals captured in other countries, whether Belizeans abroad or non-Belizean nationals caught here.

That procedure requires a mere check of the Interpol website for notices posted by the organization.

Belize has recently sent three wanted criminals away: a reputed gangster from El Salvador; a Honduran wanted for aggravated domestic violence; and an American wanted for sexual offences.

Six of Belize’s most wanted according to Interpol, all for murder and/or attempted murder, are: Salvadoran Jose Domingo Reyes, 55; Rodwell “Bob” Arzu, 39; Juan Carlos Quintero, 29; John Albert Henry, Jr., 39; Vildo Lorenzo Westby, 31; and Hovard Felipe Martinez, 31. Local sources say Quintero, a reputed gangster from Orange Walk, and Westby, accused in the murder of Felix Ayuso in San Pedro, have since been captured.

 

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