Guyana Defence Force refutes rape allegations

Brigadier General Mark Phillips

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) deployed a Board of Investigation (BOI) to Lethem on Thursday, February 18 to investigate the allegations of rape made by a female resident against the members of GDF stationed at Camp Kanuku, Lethem.The BOI found no evidence to support that the allegations of rape occurred. However, the BOI was able to conclude that there were several breaches to the GDF’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), as well as verify that some of the ranks under investigation physically assaulted a female in the vicinity of the Republic Bank, Lethem.

The Chief of Staff has since instructed that corrective action be taken against the Ranks involved, and that the operational posture of the Ranks based at Camp Kanuku be redefined, so as to ensure that the cordial and harmonious relations with the residents of Lethem is maintained.