More than 11,200 Army absentees report during General Amnesty
General Amnesty extended to Army absentees ended at midnight, Wednesday
(22nd November 2017). 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.
The month long 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).
Originally the General Amnesty period was scheduled to
end on the 15th (November) but was extended till the 22nd (November) in
response to numerous requests made to the Army.
With the end of the General Amnesty, law enforcement
authorities will begin island-wide operations to apprehend absconding
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
During the previous month long General Amnesty offered
to tri -forces absentees in December, last year (2016) about nine
thousand tri- forces absentees had reported to their respective services
seeking legal discharge. Since the end of the General Amnesty on
midnight 31st December (2016), authorities stepped up operations to
arrest tri-forces deserters and by 19th August (2017), had taken into
custody nine (09) Officers and 5641 Other Rank personnel during raids
carried out island-wide.
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