14 senior officers of SL Army have been sent on compulsory retirement with immediate effect from yesterday (1st) on orders of Defense secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse. The officers have been accused of assisting a conspiracy against the government.
Among senior officers sent on compulsory leave are five Major Generals, five Brigadiers, a Colonel, two Lt. Colonels and two Captains. This is the first time in the history of Sri Lanka such a large number of Army officers were sent on compulsory leave. Only a few Army officers were sent on compulsory leave after the coup attempt in 1962.
The letters informing them of being sent on compulsory leave had been sent to them last evening. Among those sent on compulsory leave are Maj. Gen. D. Liyanage, Maj. Gen. Rajithe Silva, Maj. Gen. Jayanath Perera, Maj. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake, Brigadier D.D. Dias, Brig. Keppetiwalana, Brig. Mohotti, Brig. Hannadige, Maj. Gen. Sooriyabandara, Brig. Kumaraperuma. Col. Tilak Ubayawardene, Lt. Col. Jayasuriya, Capt. Ranaweera and Capt. Krishanthe. lankatruth