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French push to pursue probe

2012-04-05 22:14:23
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The French Embassy has taken fresh diplomatic initiatives  in pursuing the case regarding the killing of 17 workers attached to the French branch of the international aid agency called ‘Action against Hunger’ in August, 2006 in Muttur, informed sources said.

The Daily Mirror learns that French Ambassador Ms. Christine Robichon met the Attorney General to discuss the present status of investigations despite the lapse of six years since the incident happened.

These aid workers were killed during the initial stage of the war after the closure of Mavil Aru sluice gates by the LTTE. The Ambassador has reportedly asked numerous questions from the Department as to what happened to the investigations.

Earlier, former Attorney General Mohan Peiris assured the international community during an interactive session with representatives of countries interested in the Sri Lanka issue in Geneva in February that the cases into the killing of five students in Trincomalee and 17 aid workers in Mutur would be reopened.

The Amnesty International (AI) was particularly interested to know as to what happened to the investigations. The AI also asked why the report of the presidential commission appointed to look into this case was not publicized. 

The 17 workers were found dead in their aid agency office on August 6, 2006 in Muttur at a time when pitched battles were fought between the military and the LTTE.  In addition to the AI, representatives of the Tamil diaspora have also raised the issue in Geneva during side events.  (Kelum Bandara)


  Comments - 14

  • Mi Thursday, 5 April 2012 22:22

    Ms Christine I think you should take both of them to hauge then there you will get all the answers

    Reply : 8       65

    ramba Friday, 6 April 2012 00:04

    France , forget about , SL never going to reopen it , all killers are war heros now

    Reply : 22       89

    Vignes Friday, 6 April 2012 00:13

    The government will bring Thaya Master now to reveal the truth! Prabaharan's son Charlesn Antony ordered the killing, or even his daughter did it.

    Reply : 45       46

    Kolomba Kaka Friday, 6 April 2012 00:30

    Now one by one old graves are getting literally dug up! Punishment of god is slow but sure, whoever behind crimes against fellow beings will sooner or later face punishment from Almighty!

    Reply : 12       87

    Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 6 April 2012 03:56

    "God's mill grinds slow but sure."

    Reply : 9       71

    John Friday, 6 April 2012 07:09

    Yes,God may seem slow but He is always on time!

    Reply : 7       45

    freehithit Sunday, 8 April 2012 03:25

    Maybe Sri Lanka has a special place in God's mind, C.J., because his mill doesn't seem to grind at all in some other parts of the world !

    Reply : 1       0

    kiribath Friday, 6 April 2012 04:44

    very good thing, keep it up,

    Reply : 11       46

    jacoobc Friday, 6 April 2012 09:07

    Talk in the town is that " God is nowadays not that SLOW "

    Reply : 4       26

    hapu Friday, 6 April 2012 11:41

    madam ambassador ! when you are going out please check for white van !

    Reply : 3       36

    sam Friday, 6 April 2012 13:00

    Sleeping beauties are waking up slowly!

    Reply : 4       16

    Sumedha Friday, 6 April 2012 17:01

    How about setting up a regional court for international justice in say Singapore or Thailand? Why do we keep going to a place where we know we are being abused? Time for the Asian block that comprises 2/3rds of the world population to take justice into its own hands. After all, our records, history, mythology and cultures are all set towards the achievement of humane ends to conflicts. Let's not forget that most of Asia has seen only around 60 years of independence. Let's start taking our futures into our own hands.

    Reply : 1       3

    Smileporporeigner Saturday, 7 April 2012 07:24

    sri lanka is THE most repulsive country in the world. The country is beautiful but the people of sri lanka are horrible. this is coming from a poreigner. but you guys have a good smile.

    Reply : 3       3

    Sri Saturday, 7 April 2012 19:21

    Yes ,France should speak up strongly come 2013 UNHCR Meeting because Sri Lanka government will do nothing to solve any of its bloodied problems as it is part of its governance mode! Even 3 years after the end of the ethnic war there are still white van abductions, murders, rapes wtih total impunity because they are executed by state agents! AS the IIEE Report said long ago the law enforcment is in serious jeopardy and unreliable. SL is getting away with political alignments instead of setting its house in order. Shameful indeed to encourage continuition of crimes against its own citizens.

    Reply : 0       1

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