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‘No motive to arrest military personnel‘ assures Defence Minister

Sri Lanka’s State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene said there are no motives to arrest military personnel and assured troops that “national security” would be strengthened.

Speaking to a gathering of troops at a ceremony to launch a new benefit scheme for soldiers, Mr Wijewardene was reported as stating “there are no any motives to arrest military personnel or to lessen the strength of the military owing to external factors (sic),” by the Ministry of Defence’s official website.

His comments echo those of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena earlier this year, who told troops that investigations regarding mass atrocities will never be aimed at “war heroes or the members of the intelligent service”.

See our earlier post: Investigations against 'war heroes' will never take place states Sri Lankan president (26 Jan 2016)

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