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The request to summon Major General Shavendra Silva before the Court in connection with the disappearance of former LTTE leader Sinnathurai Sasitharan alias Elilan during the war period was rejected by the Mullaitivu Magistrate M. Samsudeen yesterday.

The request has been made by Elilan’s wife Ananthi Sasitharan during a Habeas Corpus court hearing claiming that 12 individuals including Elilan had gone missing after they surrendered to the security forces.

However, submitting evidence at the Court Major General of Regiment 58 Kalinga Gunawardena stated that he was not aware of such a surrender and it was Major General Silva who was the head of the regiment during that period.

The Magistrate has rejected the request made by Mrs. Sasitharan due to objections raised. (Romesh Madushanka)

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  • Missaka Saturday, 01 April 2017 04:57 AM

    Mr. BuffaloaCitizen, Don't you know there is a land law in Jafna called Thesawalame, that others cannot buy lands in that area!. That's stopping not only Sinhalese also Muslims cannot go there!. Now there is at least one Tamil speaking Policeman in north and east, so don't become a real buffalo by false allegations.

    Ganesh Saturday, 01 April 2017 07:26 AM

    Who is accountable for the people who surrendered respecting or fearing to the armed forces at the time before the kith and kins of the witnesses are available .So nobody can simply hide or evade this human disaster .We all argue in different and fruitless ways on this merciless inhuman acts .

    Harith Saturday, 01 April 2017 07:33 AM

    I thought the rule in LTTE was that when you get caught you should eat the capsule and commit suicide. Lol this is so funny. Preaching all this to the juniors, but the leaders never did this but surrendered?

    JO Supporter Saturday, 01 April 2017 08:11 AM

    Is this article or another dailymirror article always linked to tamil shills on facebook or something? always shilling on the comments section. Do you people atleast get paid?

    Bala Saturday, 01 April 2017 08:15 AM

    All judgements are opinions here or anywhere else and is subjective as the term judgement itself implies. That is why there are many tiers like Magistrate, High CourtAppeal Court Supreme Court to get concensus of opinions.

    Bala Saturday, 01 April 2017 08:19 AM

    All judgements are opinions and hence subjective in SL or anywhere else. That is why we have tiers like Magistrate High Court Appeal Court and SC to get consensus of 'opinions' called judgements. Basics of Law.

    chath Saturday, 01 April 2017 08:25 AM

    IF there going to be any investigation on war crimes it should include ex- LTTERs and their political backers such as Sampanthan

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 31 March 2017 11:47 AM

    The Magistrate's life is at risk if he summoned, that is the reason we require foreign investigation with foreign judges.

    Abayasekara Saturday, 01 April 2017 09:18 AM

    Time to decide whether we want Sri Lanka to be a civilised society with rule of law or not. In a civilised society, even a terrorist's wife should have the legal right to know how her husband died. This is why we need foreign judges.

    surain lal Saturday, 01 April 2017 09:18 AM

    This is all because of selfish desire of certain people live in our motherland we all saw how tamil community in northern province were overjoyed when bombs went off everywhere else in the country those days . crocodile tears were shed some who lived in colombo. till to date over 90% of the northern Tamil people are not bothered to build peace with others only want to grab whatever possible any means. terrorists are terrorists when late wijeweera , Gamanayake

    suda Friday, 31 March 2017 12:07 PM

    Good decision magistrate. Can any Tamil tell me what is the unfairness you all are experiencing now. You all are everywhere in the country, But we Sinhalese not in Jaffna and Batticaloa.

    Gayan Friday, 31 March 2017 12:14 PM

    Foreign judges with their own motives cannot be trusted.

    Back boneless people Friday, 31 March 2017 12:24 PM

    Army is untouchable as per Mi3 so start suiside bomb

    Namal999 Friday, 31 March 2017 12:35 PM

    No one should go to courts for killing a terrorist!

    Thamilan Jaffna Saturday, 01 April 2017 10:32 AM

    Time to move forward for international investigation !!!...Why you guys scared ???? feeling guilty ???

    Jama Saturday, 01 April 2017 10:36 AM

    Sir why wont they bring LTTE judges and charge for the crime of killing Mr Prabakaren.

    sara Friday, 31 March 2017 12:49 PM

    Do you have evidence to prove that? Or was it just an imagination which is totally worthless

    Ganesh Friday, 31 March 2017 12:55 PM

    This is not a pertinent answer in this subject . Who asked you not to go and live in Jaffna and Batticaloa ? There are no livelihood facilities .If you so like ,you are welcome provided not troubling others with the partial support of your armed forces

    aaryan Friday, 31 March 2017 12:59 PM

    you surely act according to your name

    nanda Saturday, 01 April 2017 11:18 AM

    tamil terrorism started against institutionalised sinhala majority terrorism and racism since independence and wrongly directed . sinhala racism is still going via some monks without interruption. some people are misinterpreting vigneswaran's statements continuously and using it as a tool to shut tamil's voices. before commenting on terrorism study about sinhala terrorism since independence. but you all are experts in manipulating history

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 31 March 2017 01:02 PM

    Is their any law that is stopping Sinhalese from going to Jaffna or Bati? Just bcos Tamils r found everywhere, it is not due to benevolence of Sinhalese majority, but due to convenience that is not available in Tamil regions. Wud u like the Matara Police Station manned with only Tamils who can speak only in Tamil?

    Thusitha Saturday, 01 April 2017 11:21 AM

    You think US,UK, EU have independent judges, What about Iraq,Afghanistan,Libya,Syria, Palestine

    Boonda Friday, 31 March 2017 01:17 PM

    Tamils of N and E are all over the world, sent away by us and that became a big headache as seen in Geneva recently.

    Lord Wolfstein Friday, 31 March 2017 01:23 PM

    It is clear from this decision that judgments by a local judge are always assessed as unjust by a part of the population. This is the reason why we urgently need foreign judges in cases of this kind. Foreign judges need only to act according to law without regard for the feelings of the population.

    Cheers Friday, 31 March 2017 01:32 PM

    Killing or making a Tamil Tiger dissapear is not crime because they are from a terrorist organisation

    vithura Friday, 31 March 2017 01:53 PM

    It is because most Tamils fled N-E due to insecurity they found themselves in during the war, remember even Tamil MPs were killed during the war!

    vithura Friday, 31 March 2017 01:55 PM

    This is a reckless statement. If it was formally acknowledged to be the case then UNHRC cannot be found to be at fault for all the claims it is making now.

    vithura Friday, 31 March 2017 01:57 PM

    Not necessarily! we need to make sure that those entering the field of justice are objective and free of racial or any other bias, yes it is a tall order in SL.

    suresh Saturday, 01 April 2017 12:23 PM

    you sinhalesew not in Jaffna by your own choice. By the way what about the army in the north are they not sinhalese

    Lord Wolfstein Saturday, 01 April 2017 12:26 PM

    You mean their political backers such as MR

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 31 March 2017 02:19 PM

    Ok, in that case y not agree to an independent, impartial investigation team consisting of no Tamils or Sinhalese but honest investigators. Now this will not be agreeable, correct!!! Why worry if it is "imagination" as you boldly state?

    gamini Saturday, 01 April 2017 12:27 PM

    you don't need to go to courts only if a terrorist is killed in an encounter. Other wise especially when some one has surrendered they are normal citizens and any one, including army, if they have killed such a person is a murderer. This is the reason the sinhalese do not want foreign judges

    rama Friday, 31 March 2017 02:19 PM

    There are no armed forces called our armed forces. Its Sri Lankan armed forces. We have lot of evidances that coming situation is not good for the sinhala people visiting jaffna or visit for business. lot of my colleagues stop visiting jaffna due to unsecure situation. but tamils can do business in colombo without harm

    Dinesh Saturday, 01 April 2017 12:32 PM

    to the comment by some saying on Thesawalame Law, non tamils cant buy land in Jaffna, is a total misunderstanding of the law, Thesawalame applies to Jaffna Inhabitants on how they hold/divide/sell their ancesterial properties sole or co-owned. learn up on something you don't know before making comments.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 31 March 2017 02:23 PM

    What is your formula for a State that practices terror since independence and is institutionalized into the fabric of the State entities such as the armed forces etc.... wud u wish them also to disappear? Certainly no, correct? Double standards of a coward.

    Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 31 March 2017 02:40 PM

    Lets say we all are at fault at some time or another. Lets reconcile. No way man, all are self-serving. Allowing the wounds to heal is the least in their agenda.

    suda Friday, 31 March 2017 02:57 PM

    Yes they do not allow SInhalese to go their, I'm surprised where you were when Vigneswaran is telling no Sinhalese can have their temples and resident in Jaffana and we are finding it difficult to purchase land and get deeds done from Batticaloa Government offices. You are also like that Geneva guy. You all don't need peace.

    Kumar Friday, 31 March 2017 03:43 PM

    The verdict by a Sri lankan only judges will not be accepted by both parties to the criminal allegations. Therefore international judges are important. Otherwise do not waste time and money.

    Gayan Saturday, 01 April 2017 02:30 PM

    Foregn judges may have bias based on thier own motives

    Mandy Saturday, 01 April 2017 02:55 PM

    But the foreigners will have their own agendas and prejudices. All judgements are from personal point of view of the judge - never neutral.

    Kevin Friday, 31 March 2017 04:37 PM

    Common people of Sri Lanka are you all insane? This is not a problem of ethnicity right. LTTE is a terrorist organization.No one can argue on that.It has no connection to Tamils.Thousands of innocent people were killed. Now in connection to the death of one of its leaders, people seeking justice.Its like blaming for the death of Osama Bin laden and prosecuting US army chief. why are you all so foolish?when is this ever gonna end??Sinhala or Tamil, we are all one people.We all should be governed by one rule..

    ceylon Saturday, 01 April 2017 03:59 PM

    no matter how safe from courts all criminals will suffer for their crimes. via DM Android App

    Sheri Friday, 31 March 2017 04:53 PM

    Buffaloa by name buffaloa but intellect!

    Sheri Friday, 31 March 2017 04:56 PM

    The tamils took the opportunity "to flee" as bogus refugees!

    Sheri Saturday, 01 April 2017 05:19 PM

    Will Tamils get justice in SL ?

    Ganesh Friday, 31 March 2017 05:11 PM

    Why did the government cosponsor at the second time with as it was in 2015 , requesting time with some good intentions is ,to do justice without unfairly treating either side of the conflict

    Sheri Friday, 31 March 2017 05:12 PM

    Our gallant war heroes were defending our country, fighting ruthless terrorists so why is this a crime? It is common knowledge what these terrorists did.

    andi Friday, 31 March 2017 05:27 PM

    How could any one other than Tamil buy a land or house in Jaffna. Thesavalame law they got inked by their beloved British Rulers prohibit Sinhala people moving there.

    VJ Saturday, 01 April 2017 07:14 PM

    Agree, it seems like guilt or fear of the truth.

    Toosh Friday, 31 March 2017 05:41 PM

    It is clear shows about our internal feelings to the entire world.

    Colin Fernando Friday, 31 March 2017 06:08 PM

    I understand that a magistrate has made a ruling after considering submissions from each party. This is the basis of fair court procedure and the decision is subject to appeal if either party is aggrieved . Those people who cast unjust aspersions upon the integrity of the magistrate should be forewarned that they could be hauled up for contempt of court.

    ceylon Saturday, 01 April 2017 08:21 PM

    now check this judges bank account. via DM Android App

    IdiotSeeker Friday, 31 March 2017 06:11 PM

    Magistrates life is probably at risk because he refused a terrorist...

    Lankan Friday, 31 March 2017 06:19 PM

    There were eye witnesses who can testify with proper protection. Why the Paranagama Report never published?

    S.P.Ramkumar Friday, 31 March 2017 07:51 PM

    This is really good decision, We have to move towards reconciliation.

    Be Fair Friday, 31 March 2017 10:00 PM

    The hypocrisy is very evident they [UN] only talk about "Tamils" missing but not other Sri Lankans who were killed by the LTTE Terrorist. What destruction the LTTE caused, economically and socially.

    Gayan Friday, 31 March 2017 10:42 PM

    Foreign judges with their own foreign motives cannot be trusted to be impartial.


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