Army says no evidence to back ‘white van” allegation

Pressbreifing22072015_2(1)Preliminary investigations of the Sri Lanka Military Police into Monday (20) night’s arrest of three civil-clad army soldiers with a weapon in the Mirihana area while travelling in a white van, have confirmed that neither those soldiers, nor the vehicle in question, were involved in any criminal act whatsoever.

Military Spokesman, Brigadier K.J Jayaweera said that necessary legal action would be instituted against the breach of military law, if any, upon completion of Military Police investigations .

Jayaweera, speaking to reporters at the Media Centre for the Ministry of Defence today, said that those three soldiers in question were not involved in any political agenda or any other illegal act as alleged by some, according to the investigations by the Military Police.

“On the instructions of the Secretary Defence and the Commander of the Army, the Military Police are conducting a parallel investigation and the Military Police have been asked to fully cooperate with Police investigations too. Like in previous instances, impartial investigations, despite ranks are underway and more information could be revealed afterwards upon completion of investigations,” he added.

He pointed out that the vehicle has been issued to Major General Prasanna Silva. Asked by media personnel whether any action had been taken against Major General Silva, to who the weapon and the vehicle had been assigned, Brigadier Ranjith Rajapathirana, Judge Advocate General of the Army, said that such action would be meted out only upon the findings of the Military Police investigations in the future in accordance with Army judicial procedures.

Brigadier Ranjith Rajapathirana, Judge Advocate General of the Army and Colonel Edward Jayasinghe, Director Legal Services were also present at the Media briefing.