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Thursday, 14 September 2017 00:00

Two police officers posted at the Queen Street Police Station are out on bail after they were arraigned before Magistrate Aretha Ford on September 8, 2017 for a single charge of extortion. The men have been identified as 37-year-old Sgt. Lenancio Bol and 30-year-old PC Daniel Requena. In court they were represented by attorney Simeon Sampson.

The allegation against the men is that on September 5, 2017 in Belize City as police officers, they demanded $800 for themselves from Estefania Gomez.

According to Gomez, three of her female friends were detained for not having legal papers to be in Belize. She requested to speak to the officer in charge who she recognized as Sgt. Bol, someone she had known for some time. During a conversation with him, she found out that her friends would be handed over to the Immigration Department. This is when she asked what she needed to do to help her friends. She offered $600 but Sgt. Bol refused the amount and requested $800.

The two met on Freetown Road where she handed over the sum of money. The matter was reported to the police and an investigation was launched. The investigation revealed that the women were being kept by PC Requena somewhere around the Saint Catherine Academy area until the money was handed over to Sgt. Bol.

After the transaction, the men were detained by the police. The money was retrieved under the police vehicle and near a drain as they attempted to dispose of the cash.

While there was no objection to bail, Cpl. Christopher Smith, prosecutor in the case, asked the magistrate to not take a plea since there have not yet been any directives from the Office of the DPP. Bail was granted in the sum of $2,000 each plus one surety of the same, which they were able to meet. They were ordered to stay away from the complainant. The men are due back in court on November 14, 2017.