Lankan envoy not a war crime suspect-Australia

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The Australian Federal Police said that they had dismissed war crimes allegations against Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to Australia, Thisara Samarasinghe more than four months ago, the Australian based 'Canberra Times' reported.

A Federal Police spokeswoman said it had evaluated the information in the submission and would not investigate allegations against Admiral Samarasinghe. ''The ICJA was advised of this decision on March 3, 2012,'' she said.

A former chief of Sri Lanka's navy, Admiral Samarasinghe was seen as ''problematic'' by the Australian Foreign Affairs Department last year after being nominated for the post. He had served as a senior navy official during the final years of the civil war in Sri Lanka.

But his appointment was allowed, only for the International Commission of Jurists in Australia to lodge a complaint in October with the federal police, alleging he was involved in war crimes.

The Australian Federal Police confirmed this in response to Greens senator Lee Rhiannon charges that Samarasinghe was a war crimes suspect.
Senator Rhiannon has accused Samarasinghe, of boasting about stopping asylum seekers in 2009 as they fled the country's brutal civil war.

  Comments - 17

  • ANURA Wednesday, 18 July 2012 07:49 AM

    Our ambassadore Thisara can expect a large contingent of Tamil diaspora elements converging to Canberra to make protests in front of our ambessy. Don't worry sir, just let Australia police know the situation before hand in such a case.Dogs can bark,but the moon will not come down. That is the reality.

    Munawwar Friday, 20 July 2012 04:08 AM

    58, 77 and 83.

    Saman Wednesday, 18 July 2012 03:45 AM

    Dole budging diaspora Tamils will soon organise a demonstration march in Canberra stopping the traffic.

    Jayantha Wednesday, 18 July 2012 08:57 AM

    Thank you Austrsalia. We appriciate your help. God Bless Australia.
    Hope the other countries will also come to their senses.

    ravi Thursday, 19 July 2012 03:54 AM

    now more power full then 2009.. very good back up plan. who is the master??

    Hussain Wednesday, 18 July 2012 04:12 PM

    The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.

    lal Wednesday, 18 July 2012 05:14 AM

    There are lots of those dole bludgers but not much traffic in Canberra to stop. They can always do that in Sydney and jump off the bridge!

    Prof Hemantha Wickra Wednesday, 18 July 2012 10:15 AM

    Catch the real traffickers. He is my junior colleague in the SL Navy, a very honorable officer and a gentleman. He would have never killed any human at war for no reason. The media whether Sri Lanka or not have forgotten the killings of pregnant mothers, infants, little priests by the late mass murderer.

    Sam Wednesday, 18 July 2012 10:27 AM

    why all these demonstrations in developed coutires. Go to Tamil Nadu their is a lom halunu pig like a tiger is the chief minister go they and start your elost there.

    Jayantha Wednesday, 18 July 2012 10:31 AM

    Nicky Karunarathna, we have done all these things to the Tamils in 56 and 83. Please don't forget our wild past.

    idiot Wednesday, 18 July 2012 06:00 AM

    Not Sydney in the bush country. London is better. Wait for the Olympics. Sri Lanka will be again on the agenda.

    nicky karunarathna Wednesday, 18 July 2012 06:12 AM

    After killing, maiming, suiciding bombing,destroying public property, bombing public transport, killing one president and one prime minister, importing and wholesale distribution of most leathal weapons, these Tamil barbaric, ruthless killers for nearly 30 long years going on an on calling war crimes and war crimes like a lunatic who got his disease worst. This is a sypmtom of like US that while going on killing and having nucler arsenal - calling others to stop! So one can call this US disease.

    roger Wednesday, 18 July 2012 11:23 AM

    nicky karunarathna how about you return to were you came from and work out the best non hypocritical solution

    Nodrog Wednesday, 18 July 2012 06:50 AM

    Why are countries like Australia, Canada, UK etc so sympathetic to these Tiger supporters?

    nicky karunarathna Thursday, 19 July 2012 01:43 AM

    Oh no 56 and 83 they themselve did those damage to themself. We did not do any harm even to Tamil ant. They were living with us, playing with us and in universities and schools. Even then and now SL trade in their hands. Don't tell things what news media tell you. Be a intelligent person mate. They always tell they can't live with us been umbilical brothers. What can we do?


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