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563 Army deserters arrested

563 Army deserters arrested

[Feb 11 2017]

Sri Lanka Police together with the Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police (SLCMP) conducted an island-wide raid and arrested a large number of army deserters on Thursday (9th February 2017). According to Army media a total of 563 army deserters were arrested during the raid.

The Ministry of Defence had declared two General Amnesty periods during last year, providing the opportunity to tri forces personnel who are considered as Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL) to obtain legal discharge.

During the last Amnesty period (from 01st to 31st December) around nine thousand tri forces deserters including officers and other rank personnel reported to their respective services seeking legal discharge.

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