Sri Lanka to court-martial army deserters
[TamilNet, Saturday, 23 August 2008, 21:05 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) high command has warned that deserters who fail to respond to the amnesty period are to be arrested and court-martialed. Twelve thousand army deserters have failed to surrender to the SLA during the amnesty period. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara has told media that eight thousand youths are to be recruited afresh to the volunteer force and other units of the SLA.
The recruitment drive commenced last month would continue till September 30, according to the Sri Lankan military spokesman.
Iterviews are being held in all SLA camps in the south on the receipt of applications. The recruitment drive is being conducted to fill vacancies now exist in the cadre, he added.