Major General D.R.A.B Jayatilake, one of the members of the military court martial which ruled against former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, has died.
Major General Jayatilake held the post of Commandant of the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force (SLAVF), Colonel of the Regiment, Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment (SLSR) and President of the Army Buddhist Association at the time of his untimely death yesterday.
The first court martial which found Fonseka guilty of the charges against him in 2010 was led by Major General H.L. Weeratunga and included as the members Major General A.L.R. Wijetunga, Major General D.R.A.B. Jayatilake and the Judge Advocate W.J.S. Fernando.
The ruling by the first court martial was challenged at the court of appeal by Fonseka.
MAJOR GENERAL D.R.A.B JAYATILAKE RWP RSP VSV USP Ldmc
With an extreme feeling of deep sorrow, sincerity and wholehearted emotional sympathy, the Commander of the Army, Officers and all Other Ranks express their sadness on the demise of Major General DRAB Jayatilake RWP RSP VSV USP Ldmc on 18th August 2012.
Dukganna Ralalage Aruna Bandara Jayatilake was born on 09th August 1958 in Matale. He studied at St Anthony’s College Katugastota and Government Science College Matale, where along with his distinguished education he shone in many sports during his school career, especially in athletics, karate and was a dynamic character in all aspects.
DRAB Jayatilake had decided to answer to the call of the country and serve the Motherland and his Nation. Having enlisted in the Sri Lanka Army as an Officer Cadet on 03rd July 1978 to Intake 11 of the Sri Lanka Military Academy, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant on 10th April 1980. Young robust 2nd Lieutenant DRAB Jayatilake selected the path of soldiering in the family of infantry for his career in the military field and was posted to 1st Battalion Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment.
Due to his dedication and commitment towards duties in all fields of military activity, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 10th October 1981, Captain on 04th October 1984, Major on 10th October 1988. His outstanding performance was rewarded by his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on 01st February 1994, Colonel on 06th June 1997, Brigadier on 02nd December 2001 and Major General on 06th August 2006.
The basis for his being clear headed, logical and intelligent in task assigned to this officer was improved from various local and overseas courses he followed as shown below.