The Army said today that the Court of Inquiry appointed by Army Commander Lt. General Daya Rathnayake into the recent Weliweriya shootings, recorded evidence from 72 witnesses which include 58 Army personnel ‘associated with the incident’.
In a release to the Media, the Army further said the Court of Inquiry inquired into the “chain of incidents” that led to the “violence at Weliweriya during the period July 27-Aug 2, 2013
Below is the text of the full release
The Army-appointed Court of Inquiry (C of I) which inquired into recent Rathupaswala-Weliweriya incidents has recorded evidence from 72 witnesses, including clergy, Army and Police personnel, wounded victims, eye witnesses, etc during Aug 2, 2013
Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, barely 24 hours after his assumption of office at Army Headquarters on Aug 1, 2013, appointed the Court of Inquiry, comprised of five senior Army officers, including Major General N.A.J.C Dias (President), Brigadier K.J. Jayaweera, Brigadier N.I. de Silva, Colonel T.D. Weerakoon and Lieutenant Colonel W.P.A.D.W. Nanayakkara (Secretary) who prepared this comprehensive report which was delivered to the Commander of the Army on Wednesday (21).
The Court of Inquiry Report, now referred to the Directorate of Legal Services at Army Headquarters for observations, inquired into the chain of incidents that led to violence at Weliweriya during the period July 27-Aug 2, 2013.
A total of 58 Army personnel, associated with the incidents gave evidence before this Court of Inquiry.