Island-wide operations to apprehend absconding deserters

Island-wide operations to apprehend absconding deserters

November 23, 2017   03:22 pm

With the end of the General Amnesty, law enforcement authorities will begin island-wide operations to apprehend absconding deserters, announced the Army headquarters today(23).

The General Amnesty extended to Army absentees ended at midnight, yesterday(22).

A total of 11,232 Army deserters including 15 Officers, 09 Officer Cadets and 11,208 Other Rank personnel had reported to their respective Regimental Centers seeking legal discharge during the Amnesty period, Army Media Spokesperson Major GeneraL Roshan Seneviratne said.

The Amnesty period was offered to Sri Lanka Army personnel, who are considered as AWOL (Absent Without Leave) to obtain legal discharge, from 23rd October to 22nd November (2017).

The General Amnesty wad declared under the directions of the President and the Ministry of Defense on October 23.

Provision of employment or harbouring any Army absentee or deserter amounts to breach of existing law of the country and is a punishable offence in Court as per section 133 of the Penal Code.

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