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* Sri Lanka arrests more than 1200 tri forces deserters
Tue, Feb 14, 2017, 11:43 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 14, Colombo: 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 have deserted the forces, the Ministry of Defense said.

Speaking to the Ministry of Defense Media, Military Spokesman Brigadier Roshan Seneviratne said that over 1200 tri forces personnel who are considered as Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL) have been arrested till Monday (13th February 2017) from midnight 31st December 2016.

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

The Ministry of Defense 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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