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Jun 5, 2020

B.D.F. Sergeant Margarito Pop to be Placed on Interdiction, Pending Outcome of Rape Case

Margarito Pop

Belize Defense Force Sergeant Margarito Pop finds himself in all kinds of trouble after he was charged criminally earlier this week with the rape of one of his female colleagues at the B.D.F. military base at Price Barracks.  Now, based on the charge against him, the B.D.F. has applied to the Security Services Commission for Pop to be placed on interdiction, pending the outcome of the criminal case against him.  It is alleged that sometime around three o’clock on the morning of April twenty-first, the thirty-five year-old soldier went to the room of the thirty-nine year-old female soldier after they and others had spent a few hours socialising with hard booze at another area of the B.D.F. compound.  He reportedly found the door unlocked after the others had taken her to her room.  Pop is out on bail of five thousand dollars and must return before Magistrate Emerson Banner on August seventh, but the father of two suddenly finds his fourteen-year career hanging in the balance and hinged on a verdict that will be determined by the Supreme Court, when the matter reaches that stage. The charge against Pop comes just two days after a Ministry of National Security press release informed that a report has been completed following an investigation into allegations ranging from Extortion and Maltreatment to Sexual Assault and Sexual Advances by B.D.F. officers against several members of the B.D.F.’s last recruit intake.  While the investigation did not find any of the officers criminally liable, it did find that some were guilty of wrongdoing. Those officers will be taken before the B.D.F. Commandant for disciplinary action later this month.

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