Army Commander Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake has ordered a Brigadier and three Lieutenant Colonels to be relieved of their duties over the Weliweriya incident.
The army said that the three top officers have been removed in order to facilitate the investigations underway into the role of the army in the clashes that took place in Weliweriya during a protest over clean water.
The army media unit said that consequent to the Weliweriya incident, the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake had appointed a 5 man Court of Inquiry. The Court of Inquiry headed by Major General Jagath Dias submitted its report to the Commander of the Army on 21.08.2013.
The Commander of the Army, after a thorough study on the facts submitted by the Court of Inquiry, has referred the Inquiry Report to the Director Legal, Brigadier Ranjith Rajapathirana who is also the Chief Prosecutor of the Army. Once the Court of Inquiry report has been examined, a Summary of Evidence will be ordered against any person if there is sufficient evidence as to violation of military law with the view to Court Martial him.
To facilitate the inquiry process, the Brigade Commander who was in charge of the Weliweriya area and 3 Sector Commanders have been relieved from their present posts and will be attached to their Regimental Headquarters until further notice.
“Investigations had found that the army was deployed to Weliweriya on a request made by the police which is in accordance with the law,” Army spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said.
The Police investigations on the 3 deaths occurred during the incident are handled by Crime Detection Bureau (CDB) and the Magistrate Court Gampaha is conducting the magistratial inquiry. The Army says it will assist the Police and Court in every possible way and will take further action as per the final outcome of the ongoing judicial process. (Colombo Gazette)