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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 - 13:46
“War crime charges against Gen. Jayasuriya orchestrated by Tamil diaspora” says former commander
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Retired Major General Kamal Gunarathna who commanded the 53rd Division of the Sri Lanka Army during the last stages of the conflict, says that war crimes charges filed against former Army Commander General Jagath Jayasuriya have been orchestrated by the Tamil Diaspora.

The Retired Major General said that there is no basis to accuse General Jayasuriya of war crimes. He said that General Jayasuriya did not give orders to the military units during the last stages of the conflict.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry meanwhile, said that the former General who had served as Sri Lanka’s ambassador to several Latin American countries including Brazil, returned to the island, ending his tenure.

He served Sri Lanka's ambassador to Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Suriname.

General Jayasuriya has been charged with allegations that he was responsible for giving orders to the army units during the last phase of the humanitarian operation.

Executive directress Yasmin Sooka of the International Project for Truth and Justice, who filed the relevant charges, has said that it is their hope that the General face court actions.

Ms Sooka, a specialist in South African law, charged that the General had fled the regions prior to so appearing before the court.

However, the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mahishini Colonne rejected those allegations and stressed General Jayasuriya returned to the island, upon completion his tenure.

As a diplomat, he enjoys immunity, but the International Truth and Justice Project, which brought the case, wants him expelled and his conduct investigated.

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