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BDF Commander speaks on Micha Miguel issue

BDF soldier, Micha Miguel’s story is one that many people will remember for a long time because of the circumstances under which she died. It’s an issue that the media brought up with the force’s commander, Brigadier General Azariel Loria yesterday. He indicated that a full investigation has been ordered to find out what really happened. 

Brig. Gen. Azariel Loria, Commander, Belize Defence Force: “We knew that Private Micah Miguel was having mental problems and she was getting treatment from our medical, from our mental facility, our counselling section. She attempted to take her life, I think last year, and she was being monitored and she was being given further counselling by our psychologists. When I was told that she committed suicide, I believe that this was never done before, I ordered an investigation but in my mind the investigation was o be a court of inquiry. What led to her doing that step, that unfortunate step that ended her life? And later on more allegations came out, so the Women’s Commission decided to take part of the investigation which we readily accepted. It’s a joint investigation that we are doing at present. Our investigation is ongoing. As I said, the Women’s Commission expressed their desire to come to investigate so I stepped up the investigation from being a Court of Inquiry to a full investigation. It’s an internal investigation that we are doing jointly. They have had a meeting with the Acting Chief of Staff and I believe that the next step is to have that investigation going. I have not been formally old. I only saw it in the news that the police is doing their own investigation which is welcome because at the end of the day, we want to find out what was the real cause of that tragedy, correct and continue to improve, move on.”

As we reported, Miguel was placed on suicide watch and there were reports that she was taken off just so that she could participate in a football game. Here’s how the BDF Commander explained that decision. 

Brig. Gen. Azariel Loria, Commander, Belize Defence Force: “She was put on suicide watch but that doesn’t mean that she will stay n the hospital all the time. We will have operating procedures for that sort of thing in hat she could still carry on with her normal life. She’s being watched but she would be allowed to do light duties only and if going into a sporting event is something that would calm her down and she requested it I don’t see why she wouldn’t go and participate in that.”