Dec 27, 2016

Raviraj ruling will strengthen calls for int’l probe – Ganeshan (video) Featured

The acquittal of the Navy intelligence men and other suspects in the murder of MP Nadaraja Raviraj will cause a breach of trust in the judiciary and will justify calls for an international investigation into war crimes charges, says minister Mano Ganeshan.

He has told that several government politicians, including him, were disappointed by the court verdict.

Ganeshan said the country’s legal system cannot be trusted despite assurances by the justice minister, adding that the verdict would likely to be raised at the UNHRC in Geneva in March.

A Sinhala speaking jury cleared the five accused in the murder of Raviraj and his bodyguard 10 years ago.

Tamils and progressives who are proponents of good governance have lost their hope that a fair ruling would be given, said the minister.

He also expressed displeasure over the bailing out of the military personnel who are suspects in the murders of journalists Lasantha Wickrematunge and Prageeth Ekneligoda.

Sri Lanka is faced with a problem if the principle of equality before the law is practiced in the country, he said.

The responsibility of finding the killers of Raviraj will be delayed further and justice will become a joke, he alleged.

Court overruled his argument

Lawyer and MP M.A. Sumanthiran has said they would appeal the verdict.

He said the court overruled his argument that the appointment of a jury was against the law in a case that was political sensitive and the accused arrested under the PTA.

Noting that the attorney general’s department has implicated the state intelligence in the incident, Sumanthiran said those who ordered the killing should be found.

He too, stressed the call for an international investigation into war crimes charges.

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