Bar Association Condemns Brutal Killing of Estevan Baeza by Belize Defense Force Soldier



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Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2022. 9:29 a.m. CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: As public outrage continues over the brutal murder of 38-year-old Orange Walk resident Estevan Baeza by Belize Defense Force soldier Raheem Williams, the Belize Bar Association has spoken out. protested to express condemnation of Williams’ use of force.

The Association today issued a statement noting that the force used against a civilian by a member of the security forces was excessive. The Association also noted that it regretted that Williams’ actions resulted in the death.

“With the privileges granted to members of Belize’s security forces come an associated duty to uphold the rule of law. The fundamental duties of security forces are to protect the lives, safety and well-being of residents. The Belize Bar Association calls on the relevant authorities to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into all allegations of such abuse,” the Association said.

The Bar Association also offered its condolences to Baeza’s family.

On the night of April 1, Williams and Baeza had an altercation and Willimas savagely beat Baeza, causing him injuries from which he would later die. The Belize Police Department officially charged Williams with a single count of murder yesterday.

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