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Sri Lankan Army has nearly 65,000 deserters at large

[PTI, Thursday, 16 July 2009 14:23 No Comment]

The Sri Lankan army is grappling with the problem of ‘deserters’ with the number swelling to around 65,000, while 2,000 are in different prison.
There are around 65,000 army deserters at large while 2,000 are in prison, Secretary to the Ministry of Justice and Law Reforms Suhada Gamlath said.
Once an army deserter is captured he is produced for a Court Martial and usually sentenced to an imprisonment not exceeding one year.
Since the Defence Ministry had stepped up arresting those who deserted the service the Prisons Department will definitely face a problem of space, Gamlath told reporters.
The young secretary, however, favours a separate cell for the deserters saying they should not be equated with the criminals.

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