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News


CBK to be quizzed over shady arms deals
Court Martial for top military officers

By Senpathi
The three-member Presidential Commission investigating corrupt arms deals has recommended that a few serving and non-serving military officers including top brass be court martialed.
The commission findings have implicated North East Governor Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrema, former Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Daya Sandagiri, and former Navy Chief of Staff Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera among others.
The interim report was handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday (17) by Supreme Court Judge Shiranee Tilikawardene, the chairperson of the commission. The other two members are Justices Nimal Dissanayake and Nissanka Udalagama of the Supreme Court.
Presidential sources disclosed that it was likely that former President Chandrika Kumaratunga will be summoned as the relevant deals were done during her tenure as Commander in Chief of armed services.
According to the terms of reference, the period under scrutiny was 2000 - 2005 and an interim report had to be submitted by the Commission three months after it came into operation. The Commission, which was given the authority to summon military officials, also had access to classified documents.
The report focuses mainly on the Navy even though investigations have already commenced into the deals entered into by the other two forces. The Multi Barrel Rocket Launchers obtained by the Army in April 2000, when Jaffna was about to fall to the Tigers, is also being scrutinized.
The main Navy deal probed was the consignment of 10 Fast Attack Craft purchased from Colombo Dockyard Limited in 2004 after the United National Front Government was dismissed in April 2004.
On delivery of the said FACs an enhanced payment has been made while the craft lacked guns and a further sum of money was spent to purchase 30mm cannon guns.
Admiral Sandagiri is learnt to have purchased a house to the tune of 12.5 million rupees while his ADC is learnt to have cash and other certificate deposits to the tune of 10 million rupees. On hearing that the commission report was released, the ADC had slipped out of the country, prompting the Sri Lankan government to seek assistance from the Interpol to apprehend the suspect.