A Belizean was stranded outside the Belize/Mexico border on his way back from Texas, USA. 49-year-old Guillermo Foreman was unaware that the State of Emergency was extended in Belize for another sixty days and had minimal food and water and slept inside his vehicle for almost four days awaiting clearance to enter the country from the relevant authorities. He was eventually allowed on Wednesday into the country but was arrested and now faces charges for entering Belize illegally.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Even though there may be some school of thought that between the Mexican immigration custom area and the Belize immigration custom area that that is no man’s land there’s no no man’s land. Once you’re on that bridge you’re either in Belize or you’re in Mexico. If you pass the halfway point towards Belize you’re in Belize the halfway point toward Mexico you’re in Mexico and so Mr.Forman being there was a violation of the law in that he had entered the country illegally and again we have to look at it from another standpoint is that the border is closed and it was made clear under what circumstances would Belizeans be allowed to enter the country. So Mr.Foreman would have to stay out there for a number of days until that policy would have changed. The time he would be out there he would be open to the elements, he’ll be open to the potential of becoming the victim of a crime and several other things and so now that he is in police custody I believe by now he has been charged or either has been charged or is in quarantine but if it is that he is in quarantine then he will be charged after quarantine if not then he can be charged and then taken before the court and depending on the court outcome he can be remanded to prison if the court decides not to grant bail or if he’s granted bail then he will undergo the quarantine period before going home.”
His results after being swabbed for COVID-19 should be released today and then charges will be levied against him.