July 27, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today acquitted six former Army officers who were accused of being involved in the 1996 massacre of 26 civilians of Kumarapuram in Trincomalee district.
Anuradhapura Provincial High Court today acquitted the six former Army corporals as the seven member jury unanimously decided that the accused were not guilty.
The hearings of the case held continuously and the High Court Judge Manjula Thilakaratne announced the verdict today.
The Attorney General filed cases against the soldiers on 101 counts. All six corporals were suspended by the army commander from active service after the indictments were filed against them.
The Army officers were accused of opening fire at the villagers of Kumarapuram, reportedly in a reprisal for the killing of two soldiers by the LTTE.