TNA demands answers on Trinco underground cells

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today demanded answers from the authorities on the underground secret cells at the Trincomalee navy camp, in light of an admission by former navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda that those cells were used to detain people.

In a highly charged speech in Parliament today during the debate on the 2016 budget, Parliamentarian M A Sumanthiran questioned as to why people like Karannagoda are not being investigated over the cells.

Sumanthiran quoted Karannagoda as telling the media yesterday that the cells were part of the British colonial era and was used when he was the navy chief to detain suspects, but not torture them

Sumanthiran said that the authorities must investigate where those people detained at the cells are now and if they were tortured.

The UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances drew light to the hidden cells after they were taken to the location by the police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) during the recent visit to Sri Lanka.

Sumanthiran said that the refusal by the former Government to allow the UN Working Group to visit Sri Lanka during its term in office was clearly to prevent information like that on the Trincomalee hidden cells from being exposed.

He also accused former Foreign Minister, Professor G.L Peiris, of attempting to incite hatred between communities through statements he had made recently following the decision by the government to free on bail a group of people arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act. (Colombo Gazette)