ATTORNEY Sherita Forbes has accused the Royal Bahamas Defence Force of falsely arresting, detaining and intimidating her at the RBDF’s Coral Harbour base as she attempted to counsel a marine who requested representation after he was relieved of duties and taken into custody before the force’s Intelligence Unit.
She also alleges her client’s constitutional rights were breached because he was not allowed representation.
In a letter to RBDF Commodore Tellis Bethell, National Security Minister Marvin Dames and Captain Samuel Evans, Ms Forbes said as a result she is seeking compensation for false imprisonment, the denial of her client’s rights and $800, which was forfeited because she was prevented from rendering services to her client.
#The claims spark from a series of events, which took place on August 14 and August 18 involving Ms Forbes’ client, who is a leading seaman.
“On August 14, my client was summoned to the Intelligence Unit of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force for questioning for matters which were unrelated to the said force,” Ms Forbes wrote in the letter dated August 21.
“I am instructed that in the said meeting, the intelligence officers (allegedly) threatened and intimidated my client to cease and desist his pursuing a criminal action – directly linked to a civil matter – which he currently has before the courts for money stolen from him due to mortgage fraud.”
Ms Forbes alleged her client was threatened that should he not drop his action, he would be charged with libel.