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Weliweriya incident:top army officers relieved from posts

30 August 2013 04:26 am - 17     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Army Commander Daya Rathnayake has ordered to relieve a Brigadier and three Lieutenant Colonels from their appointments to facilitate the further inquiries on the Weliweriya incident as recommended by the Court of Inquiry, the army announced.

Military Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said that those officers have been placed under respective regimental centres pending further disciplinary proceedings.

The statement issued by military spokesman Brigadier Wanigasooriya

1.    In connection to Weliveriya incident that took place on 1 Aug 13 where Army was called in to assist police to disperse violent mobs, the Commander of the Army has ordered to relieve four senior officers of the Sri Lanka Army from their duties with immediate effect.  They are the Brigadier who was in charge of the area and three Lieutenant Colonels who were his subordinate sector commanders.  They will be attached to respective Regimental Centres until further notice.

2.    Meanwhile the Director Legal, who is the Chief Prosecutor of the Army, examines the report of the Court of Inquiry further and will order a Summary of Evidence against any person who has violated the Military Law as a preliminary step of prosecuting such person through a Court Marshal.

3.    The Commander of the Army has also declared that the Army's assistance to the Police at Weliveriya has been only after a clear request made by the police and is well within the legal framework and is also in line with the provisions of the Public Security Ordnance.

4.    The Commander of the Army has also ordered all concerned to extend maximum possible cooperation, being a disciplined force, to carry out ongoing investigations by the Crime Detection Bureau as well as Hon Magistrate Court of Gampaha.  He has further directed to take action against military personnel according to the Army Act after the final outcome of the ongoing judicial process.

5.    A board of senior officers has been appointed to study the findings of the court of inquiry as well as other relevant reports/details and make recommendations as to how similar situations, particularly with regards to Army's involvement, could be averted in the future.

  Comments - 17

  • Martiya Friday, 30 August 2013 06:05 PM

    This is a very significant development that should be welcomed. Hereafter let any one in the security forces or police know that they can not take orders from any political mafia, act against accepted norms and discipline. If this sort of discipline was maintained over the years many tragedies could have been avoided.

    Perumal Saturday, 31 August 2013 12:32 PM

    Perhaps, or most likely, diplomatic postings may be awaiting them!

    faithful Saturday, 31 August 2013 12:00 AM

    From Pillar to post?? Hmmm till Pillay exits.

    IVJ Friday, 30 August 2013 01:12 PM

    We welcome the steps taken. Wonder if this would have happened if Navi Pillai wasn't here!!!

    Viewer Friday, 30 August 2013 01:43 PM

    Bet these will be posted in the newly opened embassies in Africa.

    Ram Perera Friday, 30 August 2013 09:29 AM

    Army arriving at the scene in an Ambulance disregarding all norms relating to use of an Ambulance is a huge mystery
    Ram

    Rohan1 Friday, 30 August 2013 02:34 PM

    Huh!

    Sanyo Friday, 30 August 2013 04:36 AM

    Small Fish have to get fried

    ANTON Friday, 30 August 2013 04:37 AM

    HELL OF AN INQUIRY, IN THE NAME OF HUMANITY, SACK THAT DAMN SOLDIER AND PUNISH HIM.

    ind Friday, 30 August 2013 04:39 AM

    Well done.

    Suq Madique Friday, 30 August 2013 04:44 AM

    Obviously the Brigadier did not act on his own but with orders from above. Typically the small-fry is punished and the shark swims away.

    Aruna Friday, 30 August 2013 02:56 PM

    Hello Commander:

    We are watching your steps. These criminals should be fired from SL Army

    Grace Friday, 30 August 2013 04:58 AM

    Who is the play-writ of this drama?

    Amir Friday, 30 August 2013 10:15 AM

    another gundu

    len Friday, 30 August 2013 10:24 AM

    Not in this case all of them will be out of the pan as soon as Pillay leave.

    Suddha Friday, 30 August 2013 05:29 AM

    And Someone said we have the most disciplined army with the human rights book in one hand. The truth like oil will always
    surface in water. Remember this incident took place in peace time.

    Ranjith Silvar Friday, 30 August 2013 05:32 AM

    The absolute truth will take time.


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