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Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2020. 6:23 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: In the wake of 28 inmates escaping from the Belize Central Prison yesterday, the Belize Police Department is reminding the public that harboring a fugitive is a criminal offense under the Laws of Belize.

Commissioner Of Police Chester Williams issued a statement today, noting that the Prisons Act, Chapter 139 of the Laws of Belize, criminalizes offering assistance of any kind to a known fugitive

The Act reads, “Every person who rescues or attempts to rescue, or assists in rescuing or attempting to rescue any prisoner convicted of, or charged with, any felony, from lawful custody, or knowingly harbours, conceals, or assists in harbouring or concealing any person for the apprehension of whom, on charge of any crime, on conviction whereof imprisonment may be awarded, a warrant has been issued, shall be guilty of felony, and be liable, on conviction, to be sentenced to imprisonment for any term not exceeding five years.”

Williams also called upon the loved ones of the escapees that know their whereabouts to turn them in to the police.

Police have already recaptured several of the inmates.

 

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