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Army to probe troops over murder

2014 Apr 28

Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake has directed the Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police (SLCMP) to conduct an investigation into the alleged involvement of three soldiers in the contract murder at Wellawa and initiate a Court of Inquiry (CoI) for trial, the army media unit said.

On hearing that three soldiers against a contract payment of Rs 2 million have murdered the husband of a woman on her insistence and were subsequently remanded by the Kurunegala Court after the Wellawa Police arrested them, the Commander of the Army directed the SLCMP to cooperate with civil sector law enforcement authorities and initiate parallel army investigations.

The Commander of the Army maintains that a handful of those soldiers who joined the organization during the height of humanitarian operations, remain less convinced of the reputation and the dignity of the Sri Lanka Army and thus contribute to anti social acts of this nature.

Instructions have already been issued to take action against such errant soldiers in parallel with ‘zero tolerance’ policy on Army wrongdoers and expel them from the Army upon conclusion of CoI hearings.

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