Killing of 26 Navy and Army personnel: Three ex-LTTE cadres indicted
Posted on June 24th, 2019

Buddhika Samaraweera Courtesy Ceylon Today

Attorney General Dappula de Livera has indicted three former LTTE members, in the Vavuniya High Court, over the killing of 26 prisoners of war.

The accused, Irasathurai Thiruwarul, Madirasan Sulakshan and Ganeshan Darshan along with another person, who has not been identified by the prosecution, have been indicted under 2(1)(a) – ‘Causing the death of persons’; 2(2)(1) – and 3(b) of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and Sections 113(b) – ‘Conspiracy’ and 102 – ‘Abetment’ of the penal code.

On 16 January 2009, the accused, Thiruwarul, Sulakshan and Darshan along with another had shot dead and set fire to 18 Navy personnel and eight Army soldiers, during the final stages of the separatist war,in the Valipuram area, a few days before the capture of Kilinochchi by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces.

When the case was taken up before the Vavuniya High Court Judge Ramanathan Kannan today (24), the prosecution sought to amend the indictment. Although the defendants objected to the amended charges 18 to 28, the High Court Judge dismissed the objections and decided to go to trial, considering the submissions by the prosecution.

The trial was postponed until tomorrow (25) and the 66th and 68th witnesses were ordered to appear in Court tomorrow.

 Buddhika Samaraweera 07:47 PM Jun 24 2019

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