Oct 25, Colombo: The Sri Lankan Army investigative team sent to Haiti to investigate an alleged sexual molestation attempt by a soldier of the Sri Lankan UN Peace Keeping Mission contingent in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has begun its probe in cooperation with UN authorities.
The Army, on the directions of the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake appointed a five-member Court of Inquiry (CoI) to investigate the alleged sexual misconduct on a Haitian woman by the Sri Lankan Peacekeeping soldier) in Leogane, Haiti.
The Court of Inquiry has begun its probe in close co-operation with UN Military Police in Leogane and is in the process of recording evidence from relevant witnesses, the Army said in a statement.
The Army Court of Inquiry, appointed by the Commander of the Army comprises Major General N. A. J. C. Dias, Adjutant General, Major General E. K. J. K. Wijayasiri, Provost Marshal, Brigadier R. P. Rajapathirana, Director Legal, Major H. S. K. Jayasinghe and Major L. G. Epa.
Earlier on Sept 14, 2013, it was reported that the UN Military Police had commenced an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by a member of the Sri Lankan contingent to the UN Peace Keeping Mission in Haiti, based on an alleged complaint, said to have been made by a Haitian woman.
The Court of Inquiry upon return to the island expects to submit its findings to the Commander of the Army.
Following the conclusion of the CoI investigation, the identified offenders, if any, will be repatriated to Sri Lanka immediately to face a General Court Martial, the Army said.
The Army Commander has affirmed that Sri Lanka Army has a zero tolerance policy on wrongful conduct by any of its members.