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Nov 16, 2011

B.D.F. Suspensions for missing weapons

As reported on Tuesday night, four persons have been put on administrative leave following the heist at the B.D.F. headquarters in Ladyville back in early October. Forty-two guns were missing from the armory, including high powered weapons. C.E.O. Allen Whylie’s report dispatched under secret cover to the Minister of Defence, showed that there was a string of errors on who was to guard the arsenal. It also confirmed a general lack of security and breach of procedure at the headquarters. Whylie also recommended that three officers be put on leave and they have, plus one more. The most senior is the deputy commandant Javier Castellanos who was expected to move up in rank with the imminent retirement of Commandant Dario Tapia. The others are Technical Quarter Master Sergeant Roy Flores and Force Filed Officer Capitan Damian Amaya. The fourth person is Lieutenant Awardo. Administrative leave in this case means that the four will be investigated and can be charged in respect of who was responsible for the care of weapons, but not for the missing weapons which up to tonight, remain missing.

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3 Responses for “B.D.F. Suspensions for missing weapons”

  1. Storm says:

    I’m sorry, but the Minister and General are responsible for EVERYTHING that happens in BDF, good and bad. Discipline must go up as high as them, or it is just another cover-up and white-wash of high-level incompetence.

  2. joe lopez says:

    I think that the BDF does not have a good leader nor goodwell trained soldiers as well!

  3. O.Walk Observer says:

    These persons are only scapegoats for a Department that is lax and are only there for the money and prestige. Think about this; the BDF is only a Brigade on paper and the Title Brigadier General is done for covering purposes, so that whenever there are foreign visits , Belize can show that it has a General. The Staff is Top Heavy with high ranking officers with fancy positions with nothing to do except look good in front of the General, press and public. There are so many high ranking officers, with no troops to command; but the ministry has to pay them at an elevated salary, accomodate them, give them transportation and benefits due to their ranks. But what do they produce, NOTHING.
    The situatiion at our Border is a shame and disgrace, yet government plays a blind eye and the Ministry of Defence keeps the soldiers on the Barracks. The secondary role of of the BDF has been made it’s primary role by the enefficient Ministry and Staff of BDF. And now they cannot even mind their own asset; shame .

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