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* Sri Lanka Army court martial imprisons officer for attempting to rob bank
Mon, Jan 6, 2014, 01:20 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 06, Colombo: A General Court Martial (GCM) of Sri Lanka Army has sentenced an officer for two years of rigorous imprisonment and dishonorably discharged for attempting to rob a bank.

Captain A.M.U Samarakoon of Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force was charged for bringing the Army into disrepute by attempting to rob a bank while disguised as a Muslim woman.

The Police arrested the convicted Captain, attached to an Army institute at Kotmale, on 6 February 2013 for attempted robbery of Rs 3 million from the National Savings Bank, Mahaiyyawa in Kandy.

The military tribunal convened in November 2013 heard the case for 5 days before convicting the officer.

This is the first time in the Army history a member of the Army was tried and convicted in a GCM while his case is still on trial before a Civil Court in Kandy, the Army said Sunday in a statement.

According to Army, previous practice was to suspend Army personnel, charged before Civil Courts during the pendency of the case and re-instate, if acquitted by the Civil Court.

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