Commission to visit Jaffna peninsula
The Special Presidential Investigation
on the disappearances of people handled by the one-man
commissioner - retired High Court Judge Mahanama Tillekeratne
- is to visit the Jaffna peninsula to carry out investigations
into allegations of disappearances reported from there.
Of a total of 63 complaints, 10 had
been received from Jaffna during the last three months.
Commissioner Tillakaratne told The
Sunday Times “We have managed to probe quite a
number of cases relating to abductions. You cannot point
the finger at a particular group or party because most
of these abductions are due to a number of reasons”.
The investigations conducted by the
one-man commission revealed that in a few cases the
‘disappeared’ person had voluntarily got
into a vehicle as he had known someone in the vehicle.
The investigations also revealed that
some persons reported to be abducted are in fact evading
the law as they are facing charges of murder and trafficking
A non-governmental body known as the
Civil Monitoring Committee which is investigating extra-judicial
killings and abductions has revealed that 6 persons
have been killed, 8 persons released and 29 yet missing.
The spokesperson for the Civil Monitoring
Committee, Colombo District Parliamentarian Mano Ganesan
told The Sunday Times the number of abductions is increasing
while the Government is taking too much time in setting
up an international body to monitor the abductions.
He said the Civil Monitoring Committee has no faith
in Presidential Commissions.
“There have been Presidential
Commissions in the past investigating into matters which
remain unsolved mysteries. We need an international
monitoring body. The Government keeps changing its stance
due to conflict of political interests. A proper investigation
cannot be done as a result,” Mr. Ganesan said.