Investigation into Belize Defense Force Private’s Death Ends with Inconclusive Verdict
The Belize Defense Force (BDF), with assistance from the National Women’s Commission (NWC), has concluded its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Private Micah Miguel. The verdict: INCONCLUSIVE. Miguel had taken her own life in July 2022, after reportedly being bullied by some colleagues within the force. An investigation was launched shortly after her death, but the results held no one accountable, and had no definitive conclusion. According to BDF Commandant, Brigadier General Azariel Loria, spoke briefly on the matter.
Brigadier General Azariel Loria ,Commander of the BDF: “I believe that we briefed it to the media. I think that there was one that was being conducted parallel to the BDF’s one by the National Women’s Commission and I think that too has concluded and the file was, if I’m not mistaken, provided to the Ministry of National Defence.”
Reporter: Not to the DPP?
Brigadier General Azariel Loria ,Commander of the BDF: “I don’t know. What I was briefed on is that it was provided to the Minister of National Defence. That has not trickled down to us. I do not know the content. That is something that I will have to address to the Minister of National Defence. “
Reporter: What about your report, the BDF’s one?
Brigadier General Azariel Loria ,Commander of the BDF: “Circumstantial evidence that we couldn’t get something factual, concrete. So we cannot go about, we could open a case but it will not hold water. And we are just going around and around it, but I don’t think that we would ever convict someone.”
Private Micah Miguel was 23-years-old at the time of her death. In related news, General Loria also noted that their investigations into the shooting incident that left a soldier injured last year near the Valentin Conservation Post remains a live matter.