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​Assistant Commissioner of Police, Marco Vidal Placed on Suspension

Meanwhile, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Marco Vidal has gone from requested leave to a 60-day suspension. This mar on Vidal’s career in the Belize Police Department comes after four police officers who worked closely with him were arrested and charged for facilitating the drug plane landing on November 4 in Bladen Village, Toledo District. His close affiliation with the officers has placed Vidal under the microscope, leading to an internal investigation and subsequently, to the suspension. During the last interview with Police Commissioner, Chester Williams, he confirmed that there were grounds for the department to write to the Security Services Commission recommending the leave. But it seems those grounds are yet to be registered to the commission, as we further understand that up to tonight, Vidal’s suspension is merely to remove him from office to ensure that there is no interference in the investigation. The grounds of Vidal’s suspension, however, could shift if and when the Ministry of Home Affairs presents evidence for a charge or charges against Vidal. Best information suggests that ACP Vidal’s suspension is with full pay, but with the condition that he hands in the department’s assets including his work vehicle.