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Sunday, November 04, 2012 - 05.25 GMT

Army court of inquiry is investigating alleged rights abuses – former AG at Geneva


The Sri Lankan Army has set up a court of inquiry to probe alleged human rights violations committed by the military during the conflict, Former Attorney General and Legal Advisor to the Cabinet of Ministers, Mohan Peiris said.

The army court of inquiry has had 50 sittings to probe allegations of human rights abuses, the former AG said at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva during SriLanka’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

He said the investigations were being carried out based on the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and so far the court of inquiry has recorded statements from 30 witnesses.

According to the former AG, the mandate of the army court of inquiry is wide and will cover some issues raised in the controversial Channel 4 video.

The five-member Court of Inquiry was appointed on January 2, 2012 and is headed by Major General Chrishantha De Silva.





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