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* Sri Lankan Court rejects request to summon former Army Major General Shavendra Silva
Fri, Mar 31, 2017, 06:36 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 31, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court Thursday rejected a request to summon a top ranking Army officer and a former diplomat in connection with the disappearance of a former Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader.

Mullaitivu Magistrate M. Samsudeen yesterday rejected a request to summon former Major General Shavendra Silva before the Court in connection with the disappearance of a senior LTTE leader Sinnathurai Sasitharan alias Elialan during the war.

The request has been made by Elialan's wife Ananthi Sasitharan, a councilor of Tamil National Alliance in Northern Provincial Council during a Habeas Corpus court hearing claiming that 12 individuals including Elialan had gone missing after they surrendered to the security forces.

The former Trincomalee commander of the LTTE "Major Elialan" was reported as missing after he surrendered to the Sri Lankan military at the end of the war in May 2009.

Submitting evidence at the Court, Major General of Regiment 58 Kalinga Gunawardena however, stated that he was not aware of such a surrender and it was Major General Silva who was the head of the regiment during that period.

The Magistrate has rejected the request made by Mrs. Sashitharan due to objections raised, Daily Mirror reported.

 


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