Fresh probe on aid workers & Trinco killings

2012-03-05 19:31:27

Amid external pressure on accountability issues, the government assured the international community in Geneva last week it would reopen investigations into the 2006 killing of five students in Trincomalee and 17 aid workers at Mutur.

Former Attorney General Mohan Peiris gave this assurance during an interactive session with representatives of countries interested in the Sri Lanka issue.

Amnesty International officials asked what happened to the investigations into the killing of five students on January 2, 2006 and said the government had taken little or no action even five years after the killings had taken place. Mr. Peiris who was one of the panelists said the government had in no way swept everything under the carpet. He said the matter had been investigated and the government would reopen the case to ascertain the truth behind some of the allegations.

AI asked why the government did not publish the report of the commission appointed to look into 16 such incidents including the killings in Trincomalee.
Mr. Peiris said the document was not meant to be published.

“It has been handed over to the President,” he said adding that the report on investigations into the killing of 17 aid workers in August 2006, was handed over to the French Embassy in Colombo. 

The 17 employees of the French branch of the international aid agency Action Against Hunger were found dead on August 6, 2006 at the agency office in Mutur.

This matter was also raised by pro-LTTE Diaspora activists. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 35

  • Ravi Monday, 5 March 2012 20:27


    Reply : 8       79

    Sumedha Tuesday, 6 March 2012 07:40

    No any investigations about tens of thousands innocent civilians who killed by LTTE ?? Why Why Why ???

    Reply : 64       16

    AMT Monday, 5 March 2012 23:59

    Why open investigations again when they are are already investigated and closed.

    Reply : 99       25

    mohan Tuesday, 6 March 2012 01:18

    may be it was closed without investigations :p

    Reply : 4       89

    Dinesh Tuesday, 6 March 2012 04:45

    If they do it correctlty on the first instance,there is no need to re-open!!! wonder whether they have found any new evidence ??

    2       69

    GSK Tuesday, 6 March 2012 10:05

    Those closed file may be not investigated, just closed after informing to public, so why then Government agreed to re open, who is feeling guilty ???

    Reply : 2       16

    Punchi Putha Tuesday, 6 March 2012 00:03

    Another eyewash

    Reply : 7       112

    Ayioh Samy Tuesday, 6 March 2012 00:12

    Right, it will take another five years to do an re-investigation, then they will give to the president. He will then take another 5 years read it!

    Reply : 6       139

    shanthapriya Tuesday, 6 March 2012 04:58

    you seems to be interested in a third party intervention to solve all these problem. God bless you and for the country u live in

    Reply : 55       15

    buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 6 March 2012 08:08

    What to do, when you live in a country where all the bloody parties are a dishonest lot.

    5       29

    hello Tuesday, 6 March 2012 00:15

    Only promises. No delivery.

    Reply : 5       130

    Dinesh Tuesday, 6 March 2012 04:48

    This time there is a punishment awaiting...

    Reply : 5       47

    sudhu Tuesday, 6 March 2012 02:17

    please do not handover any documents to higher-ups which are prepared in English.....

    Reply : 1       94

    nimal Tuesday, 6 March 2012 04:23

    Our official languages are tamil and English. No need to publish in English.

    Reply : 39       2

    J. Bos Tuesday, 6 March 2012 05:54

    Didn't know that there was access to Internet in Mulleriyawa !

    2       22

    anji Tuesday, 6 March 2012 02:34

    If they are going as far back as 2006, why not also investigate the killings of innocent muslims, sinhala , tamil civilians which includes little children etc.

    Reply : 34       15

    Wara Tuesday, 6 March 2012 03:23

    No need. It is closed. Would USA will do any investigation on the killings in Hiroshima or Nagasaki any more ??

    Reply : 66       9

    Dinesh Tuesday, 6 March 2012 04:47

    They wont do and they won't agree to do it. But our people will accept it and not you are pointing at USA .......grow up man

    Reply : 4       31

    james Tuesday, 6 March 2012 07:46

    Hi Wara,
    learn your history, if the A bomb was not dropped on H and Nagasaki, you would now by a japanese speaking sri lanka living in oriental slavery. in both world wars the USA and allied nations intervened to bring an end to the tyrany of Hitler Muselini and japan. some major allies were USA Russia France Britain...
    had the allies not intervened my friend you would be speaking either German or Japanese.

    Reply : 4       25

    HIK Tuesday, 6 March 2012 03:42

    hik hik hik

    Reply : 5       31

    welu Tuesday, 6 March 2012 04:45

    LTTE is dead and gone. Leave Sri Lanka alone. I salute all the innocent Sinhalese and Tamils who had to sacrifice their lives for the barbaric LTTE ( and the diasapora)

    Reply : 65       14

    Achtung Tuesday, 6 March 2012 09:50

    apparently the 42 negative reponses you got points out to a set of ungrateful people or maybe the diaspora also read these.

    Reply : 19       4

    ila Tuesday, 6 March 2012 04:53

    good example to see how the system in Sri Lanka works. You can open it again and close it again and open it again since you have power.

    Reply : 3       62

    Dinesh Tuesday, 6 March 2012 06:53

    EXAMPLE- Duminda Silva's Case's

    Reply : 0       49

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 6 March 2012 05:33

    An open and shut case ?

    Reply : 2       43

    hapu Tuesday, 6 March 2012 06:03

    yes ! we will open it and ask our "most honest " IGP to investigate.

    Reply : 4       33

    Nuwan Tuesday, 6 March 2012 07:16

    the spirit of the dead ones will give the punishment on tile just like for Gadaffi and Sadham. God is the best Judge,

    Reply : 0       24

    Amila.G Tuesday, 6 March 2012 07:28

    Leave a side patriotism, Has the Sri Lankan Government at any stage conducted a fair trail ......... on any issue.

    Reply : 0       37

    Dinesh Tuesday, 6 March 2012 09:10

    Never Heard....

    Reply : 0       17

    Szosz Tuesday, 6 March 2012 08:18

    Yes, sulprits should be brought to the book.

    Not ONLY in Sri Lanka, but in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine as well.

    But will they do it?

    Reply : 9       10

    Shira Wickramasingha Tuesday, 6 March 2012 08:20


    Reply : 1       7

    jack Tuesday, 6 March 2012 09:16

    my dear lankans. Pls refer to the past 30 years. What happen to my loving motherland. Only desasters from terrorist and money thursty politician. Come on wake up to become a wonderful sivilized society

    Reply : 9       4

    lal Tuesday, 6 March 2012 10:57

    Also investigate 600 policemen killed by LTTE. Amnesty Int. wont raise that massacre. Any wonder they are accused of bias towards terrorists?

    Reply : 13       3

    Citizen Tuesday, 6 March 2012 12:04

    DID WE NOT SAY WE WILL NOT BOW DOWN TO ANY PRESSURE FROM ANYONE? How many Ministers played the same tune, but with characteristic style!

    Reply : 1       9

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