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More than 1200 tri forces deserters arrested

More than 1200 tri forces deserters arrested

[Feb 14 2017]

Sri Lanka Police together with the Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police (SLCMP) are currently conducting island-wide raids to arrest tri forces personnel who are considered as Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL).

Speaking to the Ministry of Defence Media, Military Spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne said that around 1300 tri forces deserters have been arrested till Monday (13th February 2017) from midnight 31st December 2016.

Further speaking the Military Spokesman stated that, accordingly 984 army, 236 navy and 14 air force AWOL personnel were arrested to date. He also pointed out that, around 42,800 tri forces deserters (including officers) who have not reported for duty so far and legal actions will be taken against them.

The Ministry of Defence had declared two General Amnesty periods during last year, providing the opportunity to tri forces personnel who are considered as AWOL to obtain legal discharge. The previous General Amnesty period ended on 31st December 2016 and during the said period 34 officers and 8843 other ranks reported to their respective services seeking legal discharge.

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