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Lieutenant Yoshitha Rajapaksa was under investigation for financial crimes and therefore other allegations allegedly done as a Naval Officer would be investigated by the Sri Lanka Navy, after the conclusion of the civil case on financial crimes, Navy Spokesman Captain Alevi Akram said.

Captain Akram responding to a question raised by a journalist as to why the Sri Lanka Navy treats Lt. Rajapaksa and Lt. Commander K.C Welagedara differently, he said there was no discrimination whatsoever and added that Sri Lanka Navy was awaiting the ruling from President Maithripala Sirisena as the Commander in Chief on the appeal made to him by Lt. Commander Welagedara against his punishment.

He said comparatively, the offence committed by Lt. Commander Welagedara being an officer of a higher rank was serious than the offences committed by Lt. Rajapaksa, of a lower rank and that was why a Court Martial was held against Lt. Commander Welagedara.

He was demoted four ranks, which was a minor punishment, considering the magnitude of his offence, Captain Akram said.

“However, a final decision will be taken on him on the directive of President Sirisena as he has made an appeal to him on the punishments meted out to him by the Navy,” he added.

Captain Akram said Lt. Commander Welagedara, while serving as the Chief Commanding Officer of the Naval and Maritime Academy in Trincomalee that trains 300 Naval Officers and 1,500 Navy men, had left his service station without prior approval of a higher authority.  (Sandun A Jayasekera)

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  • Bala Friday, 01 July 2016 11:26 AM

    Still Navy dancing to Gota and MR tunes. Why cannot they have parralel inquiry - tell that to the Marines.

    Shelly. Friday, 01 July 2016 12:41 PM

    Why cannot an Internal action be taken promptly The explaination is unacceptable. This comment is made not because of any personal reason. Purely as a matter of principle. Keeping interdicted indefinetly is a harresment. via DM Android App

    kukula Friday, 01 July 2016 01:00 PM

    Pardon and promoted eight ranks high.

    BV Friday, 01 July 2016 01:05 PM

    DURING OUR NEXT BIRTH via DM Android App

    Sim Friday, 01 July 2016 02:04 PM

    An unqualified person, sent on training on taxpayers money when qualified personnel were there. The navy should have taken action before other.


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