Action against tri forces’ deserters continues

The authorities are continuing to take action against tri forces deserters who have failed to obtain legal discharge during the general amnesty periods provided in the past and over 450 personnel have been arrested up to Thursday, February 2, 2017, Military Spokesman Brigadier Rohan Seneviratne said.

One officer and 313 soldiers from the Army, 133 personnel from the Navy and 11 from the Air Force have been arrested so far.

Tri forces personnel considered as being Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL) were provided two opportunities last year (2016) to seek legal discharge. During the last amnesty period (from December 1-31) around nine thousand tri forces deserters including officers and other ranks reported to their respective services seeking legal discharge. 

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