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Navy officer’s demotion suspended


The demotion of Lieutenant Commodore K. C. Welagedara who was found guilty at the Court Martial has been suspended as he had appealed to President Maithripala Sirisena against the Court Martial judgement, Navy Media Spokesman Captain Akram Alavi said.

He made this observation yesterday at the cabinet briefing at the Information Department auditorium.

In response to a question by a media personnel, International Trade State Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe instructed to submit details of the appeal of the Lieutenant Commodore to him as he was the chairman of the Appeal Committee and assured that he would attend to it.

Senasinghe said as a good governance government, the government will consider all versions of the matter.

Captain Akram Alavi said Welagedara was found guilty for leaving the country without prior approval of the Navy and added that Welagedara was sentenced for a demotion of four years by the Court Martial.

“K. C. Welagedara is a very senior officer and Yoshitha Rajapaksa, the son of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is a junior officer. So the sentences to the two could not be tallied equally,” the Navy Spokesman said in response to a question by a media personnel.

“However, according to the charges Yoshitha Rajapaksa had gone abroad on 74 occasions while serving in the Navy. He had gone abroad on 24 occasions without proper approval”.

He said, however, Navy inquiries will recommence once Rajapaksa’s court cases on alleged severe financial fraud charges were over.

Parliamentary Affairs and Mass Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilake, Parliamentary Affairs and Mass Media Deputy Minister Karunaratne Paranavithana, State Finance Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena and Military Media Spokesman Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera also participated.


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