Sept 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has expressed doubts over the legal proceedings into the mass grave in Matale where skeletal remains of 154 persons believed to have been buried during the period of the second JVP insurgency.
Former JVP Central Provincial Council member Gamagedera Dissanayake said the manner in which the legal proceedings into the mass grave are conducted has caused doubts on whether justice would be meted out.
While noting that the legal proceedings that were progressing fast during the period of the previous Magistrate in Matale has now slowed down, the party member explained that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has ignored the directions given by former Matale Magistrate Chaturika de Silva and the new Magistrate Sampath Gamage has postponed hearing the case on two occasions.
According to Dissanayake, the JVP will have to explore other avenues if justice is not meted out through the legal system.
The Marxist party believes the skeletal remains discovered at the mass grave belong to the party members who disappeared or abducted in the area during the second insurrection of the JVP in the 1989 - 1990 period.