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Last Updated: Sunday, 14 August 2005, 15:20 GMT 16:20 UK
Inquiry into alleged triple rape
By Nic Rigby
BBC News

Alleged rape suspect Aaron Juan Photo: channel5belize.com
Aaron Juan, 24, is wanted by police Photo: channel5belize.com
An education authority is investigating how three teenagers from a school in Kent were allegedly raped on an adventure holiday in Belize.

Paul Carter, education cabinet member on Kent County Council, said the authority had to ensure the safety of school trips abroad.

The girls aged 17, 16 and 15 were on a trip arranged by Hampshire firm Adventure Lifesigns on 1 August.

Aaron Juan, 24, of San Ignacio, Cayo, has been identified as a suspect.

Mr Carter said a council officer had visited Belize after the allegations.

He told BBC News: "We have been very much involved - I know a senior officer flew out to Belize to try and help out.

Duty to protect students

"We have got to look at all the factors to find out what has happened. The school has a duty to protect the students."

He said he believed the school would also be investigating how the incident happened.

The girls were staying at a resort in Cayo district, when the rapes are alleged to have taken place.

Mr Juan is wanted by police after the girls were allegedly attacked when they stayed at a tour village owned by his father Nazim.

Nazim Juan has told BBC News about his sadness, saying: "I feel real sympathy for the families. I am a father myself."

Adventure Lifesigns, based in Aldershot, Hampshire, said "the incident has shocked us all".



SEE ALSO:
Country profile: Belize
03 Jul 03 |  Country profiles
Shock at girls' rape allegations
11 Aug 05 |  England


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