Oct 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defense has declared another general amnesty period for deserters of the Army.
The Ministry at a media briefing held in Colombo Thursday said the amnesty period will be offered to Army absentees enabling them to receive legal discharge from the Army.
The General Amnesty will be effective from October 23 to November 15, 2017.
"This opportunity offered to Army deserters, coinciding with the 68th Army anniversary, will enable them to report to their respective Regimental Headquarters and receive legal discharge. However, absentees in the Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps would not receive discharge under this amnesty," the Ministry said.
The Defense Ministry had offered two General Amnesty periods in 2016 for tri forces deserters to seek legal discharge.
During the last General Amnesty period which ended on midnight 31st December last year, 8877 tri forces deserters including 34 officers and 8843 other rank personnel had reported to their respective services seeking legal discharge. Since January 2017 authorities stepped up operations to arrest deserters.