SLAF corporal arrested

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A corporal attached to the Sri Lanka Air Force Batticaloa camp had been arrested by the Valaichchenai Police for staging his own abduction.

Valaichchenai Police had launched a probe into a complaint lodged that an Air Force Corporal, attached to the Air Force Camp in Batticaloa, had been kidnapped in the night of 27 July.

The Corporal, in his complaint, had stated that when he had been returning to his camp, having gone on duty leave, he had alighted from the bus and an unidentified group had assaulted him before whisking him away in a van.

He had stated that upon being assaulted he had fainted. Afterwards the Corporal had been admitted to the Valachchanai Hospital and the Police had recorded a statement from him.

Since his statements contained contradictions, the Police had conducted further investigations with the assistance of the SLAF. During the investigations, the corporal admitted that he had done this act himself.

SLAF Director of Media, in a recently issued press release, stated that the corporal had been addicted to online computer gaming and had taken money from air force personnel in his camp to indulge in it.

It was stated in the statement given by him that he had intended to commit suicide, because of failure to return the money. However, he had planned this act without committing suicide, since his wife would not receive the allowances from the Air Force.

The SLAF emphasised that this action has nothing to do with the Air Force or any other party, and this entire process has been done by this Corporal himself at his own discretion. For the damage caused to the image of the SLAF, the corporal is to be dealt with legally at the end of the Police investigation as per the Air Force law.

(AK)