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BDF committed to rule of law


BDF committed to rule of law

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The Barbados Defence Force is committed to upholding the laws, it said in a statement yesterday.

The military organisation also reassured the public that it was committed to investigating and supporting investigation of allegations not reflecting the high standards of the military.

The statement follows the appearance of a soldier last week Saturday on a charge of  indecently assaulting a woman on which he was released on bail after an appearance in the District “A” Magistrates’ Court.

Adrian Randy Boyce, 39, of Valley View, Lower Greys, Christ Church, was not required to plead to indecently assaulting the woman on December 27. He was also charged with assaulting Constables Rasheed Padmore and Renaldo Holder, as well as assaulting Station Sergeant David Forde, also on that date.

Magistrate Douglas Frederick released him with a surety of $5 000 and transferred the matters to the District “B” Magistrates’ Court for January 6.

Yesterday in the statement, the BDF said that throughout its 40 years it remained committed to the primary role in the defence and security “and inseparably to the highest standards of discipline of all servicepersons”.

“The conduct of all members of the Barbados Defence Force is governed by the Laws of Barbados, Military Law as set out in the Defence Act and grounded in the Code of Conduct and Core Values of the organisation. Members of the Barbados Defence Force are not exempt from adhering to the aforementioned laws, legislation, rules and regulations. All members of the Barbados Defence Force are committed to upholding the Laws of Barbados and working collaboratively with our stakeholders to maintain law and order,” the statement read. (AC/BGIS)