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The Embassy of Belize in Guatemala City has reported that this morning the eight (8) Belizean nationals who were detained in Guatemala last week Friday, May 27, 2016, have been allowed to travel to the Embassy in order to facilitate their travel documents, pending deportation proceedings, for their return to Belize.

All individuals are once again confirmed to be in good health and it is expected that the group will be deported back to Belize by road later this week. The eight Belizean nationals were detained by the Guatemalan Navy when they were found disembarking from their vessel at the Punta Manabique Beach, Dept. of Izabal, Guatemala.

According to the Guatemalan Navy, seven of the eight individuals had in their possession Belizean fishing licenses, but no boat registration nor zarpe (a Guatemalan port authorization document).

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