Six former army corporals acquitted

27 July 2016 08:23 pm - 3     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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The former army corporals, who were charged with killing 24 Tamil civilians in Kumarapuram in the Trincomalee District in 1996, were acquitted by the Anurdhapura High Court today.

The jury found the six corporals not guilty of the charges. As many as 101 indictments had been filed against them. All six corporals were suspended by the army commander from active service after the indictments were filed against them.

The hearings were held continuously and the verdict was delivered today.

The government retained state counsel Sudharshana De Silva while the accused retained lawyer K. S. Ratnavel.

It was reported that this is the case where the largest number of indictments were involved in the history of North Central Province high courts. Nearly 107 witnesses had testified during the hearing of this case according to sources. (Upali Ananda and Athula Bandara)

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  • Real peace Thursday, 28 July 2016 01:25 AM

    If there had been international participation in this case, everyone would have accepted this judgment, but now the victims will not accept this judgement.

    Joe rajah Thursday, 28 July 2016 01:53 AM

    This is classic example that we need international judges

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 28 July 2016 08:42 AM

    Then who killed those 24 civilians? With 107 witnesses, on what basis did these 4 corporals become suspect in the first place? Who are the 107 witnesses and who are the jury? Remember we are a country where even VVIP are involved in blatant killings and are able to be free due to an intricate system of support within the judicial and security establishments.


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