Prime Minister seeks probe into ‘missing’ wartime gold

10 March 2016 11:29 am - 0     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

A A A

AFP: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday called for a probe into the whereabouts of vast quantities of gold held by the army, years after it was recovered from the island’s former warzone. The army seized jewellery left behind by some 300,000 minority Tamil citizens who were driven out of their homes in the final stages of Sri Lanka’s separatist war, which ended in 2009.

About half the 150 kilogrammes (330 pounds) of gold recovered by the military during the war is still in its hands, while some has been deposited with the Central Bank, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament. But around 40 kilogrammes were unaccounted for, he said, implying that it may have been stolen. “There are discrepancies.

There are conflicting accounts of what happened to the gold. We must investigate this,” Wickremesinghe said. He called on parliament to set up a special panel to probe the whereabouts of the missing treasure. The military claimed it found the gold in abandoned homes or buried in back gardens in the conflict zone in the north of the island, while more was found at banks operated by Tamil separatists. For years Tamil political parties have pressed for the army to return the jewellery to citizens. In 2014 the military said it had identified 2,377 “legitimate claimants” but only 25 of them were given back their jewellery under the government of former President Mahinda Rajapakse.

Sri Lanka declared an end to 37 years of ethnic bloodshed after crushing the Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009. But the military campaign has also triggered allegations that some 40,000 civilians were killed by troops, a charge the government has vehemently denied.

  Comments - 0


Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment




Kidneys that whisper death

A flute version of Beethoven’s ‘Für Elise’ was echoing from a distance

Burning Panamanian tanker leaves SL authorities gutted

Weeks after MV Wakashio, a Japanese-owned bulk carrier, ran aground a coral r

New Diamond on Fire

The fire has been contained, now where will the oil go?

ILLEGAL AUSTRALIAN DRUG REHAB

To have received her son’s death certificate on the day she brought him to