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Posted: Monday, August 8, 2022. 4:34 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Assistant Superintendent of Police Alfonso Aban, Officer Commanding Crimes Investigation Branch (CIB), confirmed that police are investigating claims surrounding the death of a Belize Defence Force soldier who is alleged to have committed suicide.

Specifically, ASP Aban confirmed today that the allegations made by the father of Micha Miguel, 23, that she had been bullied, sexually assaulted, and mistreated by Force personnel before allegedly taking her life are being investigated.

Michael Miguel told Channel 7 News his daughter was allegedly depressed from the bullying tactics and had been put on suicide watch. She told him last week that she was coming home, but she instead went to her aunt’s house where she was found dead.

Miguel said he had not been getting proper answers from Force Command and that superior officers are involved. To add insult to injury, he added, it was difficult to properly identify her body at the autopsy because it appears it had not been properly stored.

Florencio Marin, Minister of National Defense and Border Security, promised deeper comment after a funeral service is held, but allowed that help and counseling are being sought as well as bettering their welfare: “…we’re trying to see if we can get more [psychiatric] help for our soldiers. You know, perhaps even pastoral help for them and as well, not necessarily in the psychiatry part but we also talking about some kind of financial literacy help as well because the soldiers are trained for warfare, not for these other issues, but they have a life to live, some of them have families and they need to know how to be able to manage in particular since they spend a lot of time away from home.”

 

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