JVP to meet AG over Matale mass grave
Mar 29, 2016
The JVP has decided to meet the Attorney General before appealing against Matale Magistrate’s decision on the skeletal remains recovered from a mass grave at the Matale hospital premises.
Based on chronological report of the Beta Analytics Archaeological Laboratory in Florida, in the US, the Matale Magistrate’s Court held that the skeletal remains were those of a group of individuals, who died before 1950.
JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva told a meeting of professionals and the business community held at the Matale Hotel School auditorium recently that the party, with the lawyers who watched the interests of the aggrieved parties, would meet the Attorney General and make representations against the Magistrate’s decision and appeal against it.
The chronological report had been forwarded by Medical Specialist of the Beta Analytics Laboratory Prof. Douglas Ubalekar. On November 18, 2014, the Matale Magistrate’s Court gave the ruling based on the chronological report, despite objections raised by the lawyers, including Attorney at Law Sunil A group of 64 residents of Rathota area filed petitions claiming that the victims were their relatives, who went missing or died during 1988/89 Watawala, who watched the interests of the aggrieved party.
Construction workers stumbled upon the suspected mass grave during excavations for a building complex at the Matale General Hospital in November 2012.
The skeletal remains were exhumed in the presence of then Matale Magistrate Chaturika De Silva and JMO Dr. Ajith Jayasena. The JMO reported that the victims had been subject to torture.
A group of 64 residents of Rathota area filed petitions claiming that the victims were their relatives, who went missing or died during 1988/89 JVP insurrection.
Source: Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka
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