NO Foreign judges in war crimes probe

The Government today asserted that foreign judges have not been considered in the investigation on the war.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera told a group of journalists today that the judicial process will be domestic with the possibility of obtaining the advise of foreign experts.

He said Sri Lanka’s commitment to address issues related to the war had drawn support from the international community, including the US, China and India.

Samaraweera said that this was clear from the support Sri Lanka had when it co-sponsored a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last year on Sri Lanka.

The resolution calls on Sri Lanka to take several measures to address concerns related to the war, including to investigate complaints on hundreds missing during the war.

The Foreign Minister dismissed allegations that President Maithripala Sirisena was not updated on the contents of the resolution before Sri Lanka supported it in Geneva last October.

Samaraweera said the President’s advise was sought on the text of the resolution before it was tabled and approved by the UN Human Rights Council.

The Minister also dismissed allegations over the proposed Office on Missing Persons which will investigate  complaints on those missing.

He insisted that investigating the whereabouts of those missing is not an attempt to frame the military as alleged by the opposition.

The Minister also said that a Truth Seeking Commission will also be established soon to seek answers related to the war. (Colombo Gazette)