Sri Lanka's military probe on war crimes progressing

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 06, 2012 12:18 hrs

Colombo, Nov 6 (IBNS) While leading human rights groups calling for an independent international inquiry to investigate allege war crimes during the last stages of the war, the Sri Lanka Army said its probe into the allegations is progressing.

Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said Court Of Inquiry, which records statements from the witnesses, is going on.

Over 50 sittings of the Court of Inquiry (CoI) were held and it had recorded 30 statements from the witnesses on alleged human rights violations committed by the military during the war.

The five-member CoI was appointed following the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), which was the domestic inquiry commenced to probe the allegations.

The Sri Lankan military ended the 30-year long war on LTTE terrorism on May 19, 2009 and the government and its military are accused of committing war crimes during the war.

Meanwhile, the human rights groups called an international probe into massacres of civilians and aid workers during three-decade war after and blamed the government for failing to initiate an inquiry.

Minister of Plantation Industries and Special Envoy of the President on Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe said that the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group in Geneva on Monday the Court was probing 50 incidents following the LLRC report in a report issued a year ago by its Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.

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