Thursday, November 26, 2009

Retired General is illegally using military vehicles and personnel, Sri Lanka government says

Nov 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka government today said it has learnt that the retired Army Commander and Chief of Defense Staff , General Sarath Fonseka is using 23 Army vehicles after retirement while enjoying the privilege of another 110 solders in an unauthorized manner.

On the directive of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Secretary to the President Lalith Weerathunge has informed the retired General that his request for a 66 member security contingent has been approved and released by the incumbent Army Commander.

The government said General Fonseka's request for five female soldiers to conduct security checks on women who enter his house is hilarious as anyone entering his premises would be subjected to security checks at the entrance to his house. The request has therefore been denied.

The Secretary to the President has informed General Fonseka that he would have the privilege of 10 Commandos and two senior officers of the Sinha Regiment in addition to 50 other military men of that regiment in various positions.

The General has been allocated a bullet proof BMW car for his personal use with two security Land Rover jeeps. He is provided with four military drivers. The General can request vehicles for his administrative work from the army.

Necessary arms, and signal and transmission equipment for security purposes have also been provided to the General's security contingent by the government, Weerathunge's letter said.

The General has requested ten 9 mm pistols for the commandos, another 10 mini Ushi/HK MP5 weapons, 72 T-56 weapons, and 10 hand held walkie-talkie sets with a base station for his security.

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