Oct 14, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today granted bail to 13 suspects who were in remand custody for their alleged involvement in the killing of five students in eastern Sri Lanka in 2006.
The Trincomalee Magistrate Court today granted bail to the 13 Special Task Force (STF) Police personnel arrested for the high profile killing of five Tamil students in Trincomalee in 2006.
The suspects including an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and 12 constables have been granted bail when they were produced in court today.
The killing of the 5 Tamil students took place on January 02, 2006 when they were playing in the beach near the Trincomalee Naval Dockyard and Fort Fredrick. The 5 students were detained briefly and then shot to death.
The suspects were first arrested on February 12, 2006. However, they were released as the Attorney General said that the evidence against them was inadequate.
The suspects claimed the students were LTTE terrorists and they were ready to lob a grenade. However, further investigations have revealed that the students were shot in the execution style.
They were arrested again by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on July 04 and produced before the Trincomalee Chief Magistrate U.L.M. Azhar, who ordered them to be remanded.
Four of the students were vying for university entrance while the other had already been selected to the University of Moratuwa.
The murders and subsequent efforts to cover up the involvement of security forces have drawn a huge outcry from international Human Rights groups as well as the local groups and the families of the victims.
The multiple murder case is one of the right violations that have been at the center of attention of international human rights organizations as well as of the Canadian government which has determined to boycott the Commonwealth Summit in Sri Lanka on the grounds of Sri Lanka's human rights record.