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Army vows to discipline anyone guilty of mistreating a detained soldier – 28th Dec 2012

The Army, in a statement said, that Private Akeem Charles was being detained in keeping with policy, since he had been absent without leave.

From its investigations, the Army said, the soldier was being processed through routine procedures to be Court martialed.

However, the Army claimed, that the soldier began exhibiting abnormal behaviour in protest to his detention to the point where he threw himself into a drain at Base Camp Ayanganna, and had to be removed in order to ensure his safety. The Army denied that any order was given for the cell in which he was being held to be wetted as reported in the press.

Army headquarters said, that their investigations addressing allegations of the soldiers ill-treatment are ongoing and wherever necessary any rank found culpable of inflicting any act of violence against private Charles will be subject to discipline procedures.

The Guyana Defence Force declared that it does not condone any act/s of violence meted out to its ranks, whether they are serving or whether they breach their service by being Absent Without Leave (AWOL).

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