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* Australian Federal Police says it dismissed war crimes allegations against Sri Lanka's envoy
Wed, Jul 18, 2012, 01:32 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 18, Colombo: The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has said that it had dismissed the war crimes allegations against Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to Australia Admiral (Retd.) Thisara Samarasinghe more than four months ago.

The AFP has made this statement in response to a call by Australia's Greens Senator for New South Wales Lee Rhiannon to expel the Sri Lankan envoy charging him with alleged war crimes.

A Federal Police spokeswoman has told Canberra Times Tuesday that the International Commission of Jurists in Australia has lodged a complaint in October last year with the federal police, alleging Admiral Samarasinghe was involved in war crimes.

The Federal Police had evaluated the information in the submission and had decided not to investigate allegations against Admiral Samarasinghe.

''The ICJA was advised of this decision on March 3, 2012,'' the spokeswoman has said.

Senator Rhiannon has accused Sri Lanka's envoy of boasting about stopping asylum seekers in 2009 as they fled the country's brutal civil war.

She has said that she was raising questions over Admiral Samarasinghe's position ''while allegations of war crimes hang over his head'', Canberra Times reported.

An exemplary naval officer, Admiral Samarasinghe was appointed as the Navy Commander following the end of the war in July 2009. He retired from the Navy on January 15.

During the war Admiral Samarasinghe commanded the operations in the country's eastern and northern waters that successfully destroyed the Sea Tiger Wing of the terrorist group LTTE.

Senator Rhiannon last September brought a motion in the Australian parliament to suspend Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth. The Australian parliament however defeated the motion.



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