2500 SLA deserters jailed, 4000 to face trial- Prison Commissioner

[TamilNet, Sunday, 11 January 2009, 16:17 GMT]
About two thousand deserted soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) are currently serving jail sentence from three months to one year rigorous imprisonment in several prisons in the south of Sri Lanka, sentenced by Military Tribunal after trial. A further four thousand deserted soldiers are in custody, and soon they would be facing inquiry before military tribunal, media reports said quoting Commissioner General of Prisons Major General Vajira Gunawardene.

Gunawadena added that prison authorities are now facing a major problem to find accommodation in prisons for the convicted deserters and future convicts.

 

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