Monday, 11 August 2014 - 13:08
Presidential advisory committee to investigate missing persons expanded
The term of the commission appointed to probe the cases of missing persons during the three-decade war has been extended by nearly seven months.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa extended the term of the commission investigating disappearances in the North and East until February 15th, 2015.
Last month, President named a three-member international advisory panel comprising Sir Desmond de Silva, Sir Geoffrey Nice and Professor David Crane to advise the disappearances commission headed by ex-Sri Lankan judge Maxwell Paranagama.
The members of the panel Desmonde Silva and Nice are from Britain while David Crane is a US national.
The probe panel was set up in August 2013 and mandated to probe disappearances of persons between 1990 to May 2009.
Meanwhile, Indian human rights activist Avdash Kaushal will be included in the disappearances commission set up by the Sri Lankan government to probe the cases of missing persons during the three-decade war.
President Rajapaksa had last week told reporters that he would further expand the international panel with three more nominations.