Nov 02, Geneva: The Sri Lankan Army has set up a court of inquiry to probe alleged human rights violations committed by the military during the war, the United Nations human rights body has been told.
Former Attorney General and Legal Advisor to the Cabinet of Ministers, Mohan Peiris has told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva during the country's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) that the army court of inquiry has had 50 sittings to probe allegations of human rights abuses.
He has said the investigations were being carried out based on the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and so far the court of inquiry has recorded statements from 30 witnesses.
According to Peiris, the mandate of the army court of inquiry is wide and will cover some issues raised in the controversial Channel 4 video.
The five-member Court of Inquiry was appointed on January 2, 2012 and is headed by Major General Chrishantha De Silva.