Friday, 13 June 2014 - 8:17
UN inquiry team on Sri Lanka named
The UN high commissioner for human rights has appointed a controversial official to coordinate probe into allegations in the final stages of Sri Lanka's war.
Navi Pillay, the high commissioner for human rights, has appointed Sandra Beidas - who is accused of writing false reports about the conduct of the military in South Sudan - to coordinate the investigation team.
Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights told Al Jazeera via email that Beidas would "coordinate the investigation team".
Sri Lanka has said that it would not co-operate with the investigation that is expected to be in operation for a 10-month period, beginning in mid-June 2014 and end in mid-April 2015.
This unit would be staffed by 12 members, including two forensic experts, a legal analyst, a gender specialist and investigators.
Beidas, a high ranking official, previously worked with the UN mission in South Sudan before being expelled from the country in November 2012 after being accused of writing false reports about the conduct of the South Sudanese military.