Posted: Thursday, March 5, 2020. 9:32 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Three officers attached to the San Ignacio police formation were charged on Friday for extortion.
Sources to BBN say that the cops extorted $1000 cash from a young man who was caught in a compromising situation with an underage teen.
Reports are that the cops, who are tourism police officers, Albert Reynolds, Eusterio Coc and Cpl. Maximilliano Lanza took the money and were driving away when officers who were tipped off stopped them and conducted a search.
One of the officers was in possession of the cash and the men were taken to the police station and subsequently charged.
An official report on this incident has not been forthcoming from the police.
Our colleagues at Channel 5 Belize spoke to Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams and asked the reason why the men were charged but not interdicted.
Williams said that the men ‘should’ have been placed on interdiction but he doesn’t know why it hasn’t been done.
Another journalist alluded to the fact that one of the men is a close associate of an area representative and a member of a water board and may be a reason for the failure to issue a report and why the officers weren’t interdicted.
“No. I don’t play that kind of game. If a police officer has done something wrong, then the law will follow. Whatever process needs to be followed, we will follow. It is not a political issue. I am not too familiar with the names but I am familiar with the circumstances and they will be placed on interdiction,” Williams responded.
The officers were released on bail of $2000.
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