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 Post subject: EX FORCES TOP BRASS GUILTY
 Post Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 4:22 pm 
EX FORCES TOP BRASS GUILTY
NO TENDER PROCEDURES

Among senior military officials implicated by the Commission are former commander of the Army Lt. General Lionel Balagalla, Former Commander of the Navy and Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Daya Sandagiri and former Air Force Commander Air Vice Marshal Jayalath Weerakkody and several other senior military officials involved in the procurement process.

By Ranga Jayasuriya
@ LBN / Sunday, February 10, 2008


The Presidential Commiss-ion which investigated the procurement of arms for the Sri Lankan armed forces during the period of 2000 to 2005 has ruled that allegations against the ex commanders of the Sri Lankan Army, Navy, Air Force and several other senior officers have been established, LAKBIMAnEWS learnt.

“Tender procedures had not been followed, apparently no tenders had been called at all in certain incidents,” a well placed Commission source said. “Most of the time, the procurement process had been conducted arbitrarily under the pretext of national security, “ he said. The three member Presidential Commission chaired by Justice Shirani Thilakawardene last week presented its report to the President.

Among senior military officials implicated by the Commission are former commander of the Army Lt. General Lionel Balagalla, Former Commander of the Navy and Chief of Defence Staff Admiral Daya Sandagiri and former Air Force Commander Air Vice Marshal Jayalath Weerakkody and several other senior military officials involved in the procurement process.

According to findings, the Sri Lankan Navy has ordered and paid the Colombo Dockyard Ltd for a fleet of ten Dvora Fast Attack Craft with the specified craft length of 27 meters. However, the craft the SLN received was three meters short of the specifications mentioned in the tenders.
“No gainsaying that these FACs are of inferior quality,” quipped a naval official.

In another incident, the SLN under its former Commander Admiral Sandagiri had pursued a deal to purchase archaic 30 mm Oerlikon (GCM-A/A32) gun systems to mount on Naval Dvora Fast Attack Craft. The supplier was UK’s Royal Ordinance. The deal was abandoned after Admiral Sandagiri’s successor, Vice Admiral Vasantha Karannagoda wrote to the President expressing strong reservations about the deal. The SLN later purchased much superior Bush Master 30 mm gun systems at one forth of the cost of the Oerlikon system.

The Presidential Commission was appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa to investigate the procurement of arms for the three Armed Forces during the period 2000-2005.


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