Daya to review report

Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake is to review the report on Weliweriya which was handed over to him late this evening.

The Report of the findings into the recent Rathupaswala – Weliweriya incidents, complied by a Court of Inquiry, presided by Major General N.A.J.C. Dias, Adjutant General  of the Army was handed over to the Commander at Army Headquarters.

Members of the Court of Inquiry that was appointed by the Commander of the Army on 2 August 2013, include Major General Jagath Dias (President), Brigadier K.J. Jayaweera, Brigadier N.I. de Silva, Colonel T.D. Weerakoon and Lieutenant Colonel W.P.A.D.W. Nanayakkara (Secretary).

Chief of Defence Staff General Jagath Jayasuriya said that the army chief will make some recommendations based on the findings of the report.

“This is not something that can be done in a day or two,” Jayasuriya said just before the report was handed over.

He also said that the police was conducting its own investigations into the incident.

Meanwhile army spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya denied reports that civilians and journalists were “summoned” to give evidence to the army court of inquiry over the incident.

He said that only a “request” was sent out but some people had misinterpreted it as a summons. (Colombo Gazette)

Report by Easwaran Rutnam

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