Oct 18, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has directed that fragments of the skeletal remain unearthed from a mass grave in Matale last year be flown to China for carbon dating.
The Matale magistrate's court has ordered the tests to be carried out.
Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) of Matale when the mass grave was unearthed, Dr. Ajith Jayasena will hand over some skeletal fragments to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Monday (21). Dr. Jayasena is now the JMO in Kurunegala.
He told the media that the CID is to send the skeletal fragments to China for further testing.
The mass grave in Matale was unearthed last November at the Matale Hospital ground and skeletal remains of 154 people were found during excavations carried out from the 26th of November until the 12th of March this year.
Initial forensic studies carried out on the skeletal remains revealed that the bodies belonged to the period between 1986 and 1990.
Dr. Jayasena said that his office has suggested to the CID that a scientist should be in charge of the specimens throughout the journey, but the decision was up to the CID.
Results of the tests are to be presented to court on November 4th as evidence.