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Sri Lanka asks Interpol to arrest army officer in Washington

The Sri Lankan government has requested the assistance of Interpol in arresting a Sri Lankan army officer who has gone into hiding after absconding from the Sri Lankan embassy in Washington, reports ColomboPage.

The officer, who served as a security advisor at the embassy, reportedly “disappeared” after his tenure ended last year. He was due back in Sri Lanka to report back to the army.

His whereabouts are currently unknown and Sri Lanka’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has reportedly called on Interpol to assist in arresting the officer.

The officer, who remains unnamed, was attached to the Gajabaja regiment of the Sri Lankan army.

The regiment is infamous for crimes committed in the North, with its own official website admitting that in the 1980s, troops were involved in “disruptive” and “indiscipline behaviour”. The website also states the regiment “produced the majority of Wanni battlefield Commanders who led a successful battle to wipe out LTTE terrorism from the country”.

It is currently headed by Major General Shavendra Silva, the man who lead the notorious 58 Division during the final stages of the armed conflict were tens of thousands of Tamils were massacred.