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Nov 9, 2012

B.D.F. wants his job back; he said he didn’t cheat

On Thursday night, we reported that a Belize Defense Force Lieutenant is fighting his termination. Leslie Roberts claims his woes started in January 2010 when he and another Lieutenant took a Junior Command and Staff course in Jamaica. Roberts was sent home because it was alleged that he cheated on an assignment. Roberts told News Five that the allegations were not proven, but the B.D.F. Commandant recommended to the Security Services Commission that he be discharged. The commission approved of his dismissal, but Roberts challenged the decision when he realized that the other soldier did not have to face the same harsh penalties for the offense.  Roberts told News Five that he wants to be reinstated.


Leslie Roberts, Discharged B.D.F. Lieutenant

Leslie Robert

“The Belize Advisory Council overruled Mister Tapia’s decision to send me on early retirement. After careful consideration of all the submissions and available evidence, my appeal was upheld. The date when this appeal was upheld was the twenty-eighth of September this year. A letter was produced at the governor general’s office informing all entities of the council’s decision and that date was the fourth of October 2012. A copy was mailed to the ministry of the national security, the security services commission, the commander B.D.F. and the solicitor general. Now one month after I’ve called the respective offices that I mentioned just a while ago, they still have not received a copy of this letter and my attorney, Mister Anthony Sylvestre—whose office is way in Belize City—has received this letter on Tuesday, sixteenth October 2012. I don’t know what is taking so long for me to be reinstated back into the B.D.F. If they were quick to take away my job from me, let them be quick to take me back.  From that day when I was placed on early retirement, from February of this year, I have not received a cent; not even one cent from the government of Belize for my fourteen years and ongoing service.  Now if this decision that the Advisory Council made is not followed through with, I intend to return to my attorney and have him sue not for fifteen years but for twenty-two years service so that I can collect my full benefits that is due to me.”

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1 Response for “B.D.F. wants his job back; he said he didn’t cheat”

  1. Storm says:

    The military should make the decisions on military justice. Everything there depends on trust up and down the chain of command. That’s why it is important to be an “officer and a gentleman.”

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