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Over 15,000 Deserted Sri Lankan Soldiers Receive Legal Discharges

More than 15,000 soldiers who had deserted the Sri Lanka Army have been granted legal discharges during the month-long amnesty period declared by Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence.

The general amnesty, announced from April 20 to May 20, 2024, provided Army absentees with the opportunity to legally discharge from the Army in coordination with their respective Regimental Centres.

By the end of the amnesty period, a total of 15,667 Army personnel who were absent without leave since December 31, 2023, and earlier, have been temporarily discharged from their Regimental Centres.

The Army also reported that among those who received legal discharge, there are 373 army deserters currently abroad and absent without leave.

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