Four soldiers dismissed from GDF on rape charges in Guyana

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana -The Guyana Defense Force (GDF) on Thursday said that two officers and four ranks face disciplinary action, including dismissal from the force, about an allegation of rape.

In a statement,  GDF said that it has since convened its own Board of Inquiry (BoI) to investigate the circumstances which led to the allegation of rape being leveled against the ranks.

With the investigation complete, the BOI found that the ranks seriously breached operational orders and were therefore disciplined accordingly.

The GDF said that four of the ranks have since been dismissed, and the disciplinary process against two others is ongoing.

Meanwhile, the Guyana Police Force charged and placed three of the ex-soldiers about the rape allegation before the court.

The police say that they are awaiting advice from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) about the fourth rank.

“Ranks of the Guyana Defense Force are bound by the values and standards of the force, and as such, their conduct and professionalism are of paramount importance,” said the GDF in a statement.

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