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Army says soldiers gave evidence

2013 Aug 27

The army says a total of 58 soldiers involved in the Weliweriya incident had given evidence before the army Court of Inquiry which handed over its report to the army commander recently.

Army headquarters said that the Army-appointed Court of Inquiry which inquired into recent Rathupaswala-Weliweriya incidents has recorded evidence from 72 witnesses, including clergy, Army and Police personnel, wounded victims, eye witnesses, etc between Aug 2-21.

Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake appointed the Court of Inquiry which comprised of five senior Army officers, including Major General N.A.J.C Dias (President), Brigadier K.J. Jayaweera, Brigadier N.I. de Silva, Colonel T.D. Weerakoon and Lieutenant Colonel W.P.A.D.W. Nanayakkara (Secretary).

The Court of Inquiry Report, now referred to the Directorate of Legal Services at Army Headquarters for observations, inquired into the chain of incidents that led to violence at Weliweriya during the period July 27-Aug 2, 2013. (Colombo Gazette)

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