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Part of Sri Lankan contingent in Haiti to be sent back

B. Muralidhar Reddy

COLOMBO: Embarrassed over revelations of alleged misconduct and sexual abuse by some of its forces that were part of the Sri Lanka peacekeeping contingent in Haiti, the government on Saturday said that in close consultation with the U.N., it would take appropriate disciplinary actions and prosecutions against the accused.

A statement by the government acknowledged that 110 of the 950-member-strong Sri Lanka peacekeeping contingent is being sent back after being implicated in alleged misconduct and sexual abuse while serving the United Nations Stabiliser Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

“Following receipt of the preliminary report of the office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) in Haiti and consultations received from Sri Lankan authorities, all of those accused Sri Lankan members were to be recalled home in disciplinary grounds until investigations are over and alleged offenders are brought to book and prosecuted”, the government said.

Separately, a senior official of the Sri Lanka government told The Hindu that it has learnt about the arrest of the breakaway LTTE faction leader ‘Col. Karuna’ by the London police on charges of travelling on fake documents.

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