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Jagath not fleeing Brazil, tenure ended: Ministry


30 August 2017 12:22 pm - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Foreign Affairs Ministry today rejected reports that Sri Lankan Ambassador to Brazil, Jagath Jayasuriya fled that country following war crime charges.

Ministry Spokesperson Mahishini Colonne said Ambassador Jayasuriya’s tenure had ended and that he was scheduled to return to the country on Wednesday.

“The Ambassador, who was appointed in 2015 till 2017 is simply returning at the completion of his tenure,” she said.

On Monday, several groups of South American Human Rights activists led by the International Truth and Justice Project (ITJP) filed a war crimes lawsuits in Brazil and Colombia against the former Sri Lankan Army General, Jagath Jayasuriya.

The ITJP is a Human Rights group based in South Africa and headed by Yasmin Sooka.

Sooka had said in March that there was no way General Jayasuriya could claim that he didn’t know that torture routinely occurred in his camp.

“There were purpose built underground torture chambers, equipped with manacles, chains and pulleys for hoisting victims upside down. If the detainees could hear each other screaming at night from adjacent buildings, so could he,” she said.

Yasmin Sooka was a member of the panel of experts appointed by former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to advise him on the alleged Human Rights violations that had taken place during the final phase of the war in Sri Lanka. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 14

  • Baila Wednesday, 30 August 2017 01:44 PM

    Come on! What has the foreign ministry to say about the accusation?Are you accepting or rejecting the allegation?

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 30 August 2017 02:08 PM

    Their is no war that can be fought without some degree of civilian casualties. However the issue in SL is whether these causalities were caused indiscriminately, purposefully

    malik Thursday, 31 August 2017 12:28 PM

    remember how a so called EX LTTE carder in the UK promoted by ITJP claimed the torture card, until a UK judge threw the claim out showing he was not even a member of the LTTE and paid for his torture procedure.

    johan Wednesday, 30 August 2017 02:02 PM

    Even if they do wrong it is the duty of Sri Lanka to defend themlocally and internationally.

    Krish Thursday, 31 August 2017 12:05 PM

    Are you saying its ok to protect the criminals knowing that they have done a crime!Then whats the point having a law are order in the country?Will you sit quit when someone hurts your family and getaway with no punishment?

    ceylon Wednesday, 30 August 2017 02:03 PM

    they are runing and hiding.look at mahindagota and others.they travel only selected very few safe countries only if that country give security.they are in jail actualy. via DM Android App

    Nostradamus Wednesday, 30 August 2017 02:17 PM

    Why they are always telling lies to us Marapane - quo vadis via DM Android App

    Lord Wolfstein Wednesday, 30 August 2017 04:06 PM

    Why Sri Lanka appoints soldiers an politicians as Ambassadors. There should be only skilled government servants from the foreign ministry appointed for the diplomatic service. All others, especially alleged war criminals, are an affront to the worldwide diplomatic stage.

    ceylon Wednesday, 30 August 2017 05:57 PM

    war criminals never punished in lanka.wijeweeras death canceled by sirima.jr pardened him.due to that over 100000 killed within next 20 years. via DM Android App

    ceylon Wednesday, 30 August 2017 05:59 PM

    lanka is lawless country.lawless leaders.lawlwss government.lawless monks.lawless people.dont expect this to change during next 100 years. via DM Android App

    larry Wednesday, 30 August 2017 06:04 PM

    jagath did not do anything. he is just a innocent guy. he was alone. please leave him alone

    Krish Thursday, 31 August 2017 12:16 PM

    LarryIts nice of you to protect your friend.It is not about Jegath its about the law and order of a country and trust with the authority who supposed to protect the citizens of the country.This is not about LTTE, at the time of the war many innocent people were killed unnecessarily due to the irresponsibility of the top decisions makers who could have saved thousands of people.

    raj Thursday, 31 August 2017 03:48 AM

    He should have faced the trial and proved that there were no such a war crimes happened in Sri Lanka and he is not responsible for any war crimes. By ending the mission to avoid facing the trial, he sends the wrong message.

    Jay Thursday, 31 August 2017 11:18 AM

    Sri Lanka is heaven for these alleged criminals. Has he got the guts to face an inquiry? Running away is not going to help. It is irony that this alleged war criminal worked in the same army as gentle soul Denzil Kobbekaduwa.

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