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….GDF launches Board of Inquiry
The five Guyana Defence Force (GDF) ranks, who are currently the subject of a police investigation into allegation of rape, have been withdrawn from Mabaruma, even as GDF launches a Board of Inquiry into the incident.
In a statement on Monday, GDF said given the seriousness of the allegation levelled against five ranks, who were stationed at Mabaruma in the North West District, a decision was taken to remove from the community.
It disclosed too that a Board of Inquiry has been convened.
“The conduct and professionalism of our ranks are premiere factors in our mission accomplishment. The Force will therefore spare no measure to ensure our ranks uphold our Values and Standards, and maintain the confidence of the communities which we are sworn to serve and defend,” the Defence Force said.
GDF first confirmed that a police investigation into the incident was ongoing on Sunday. In that statement, it said the soldiers were co-operating with the police. It also assured the public that it remains committed to the preservation of law and order.
On Monday, it said while the five ranks have been removed from Mabaruma, the Force’s operational posture on the Border remains alert and the safety and security of citizens is assured.