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Case against Prasanna’s immunity

 

A court case has been filed against the diplomatic immunity given to Major General Prasanna Silva, the defence attaché to the Sri Lankan High Commission in London.

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) filed the case today demanding that the British Foreign Office remove Silva’s diplomatic immunity so he can face legal action in London.

The diplomatic immunity can only be removed by the sending state, in this case Sri Lanka. But the British Foreign Office can request for a waiver of the diplomatic immunity, lawyers appearing on behalf of GTF have said.

In the event the Sri Lankan government refuses to remove his diplomatic immunity then the British Foreign Office can deport him based on the court ruling.

“Every alleged war criminal of Sri Lanka must know that the Tamils will not rest until justice is served for the terrible crimes they are alleged to have committed. This along with other legal proceedings must send a message to the regime that they are not welcome in the international scene. There remain other alleged war criminals in Australia and in New York where we will start proceedings soon,” Suren Surendiran, Spokesperson for the Global Tamil Forum said.

Silva was in the military during the final war against the LTTE and GTF is demanding that Major General Prasanna Silva be held accountable for the alleged war crimes committed during the battle.

17 Comments for “Case against Prasanna’s immunity”

  1. DeSilva

    The mere fact that SL government appoints key military personnels who were involved in the final battle against LTTE as dimplomats is the admission of war crime and genocide against minority. UN as already confirmed the war crime in Sri Lanka. I am sure that all these phony diplomats will not get a chance to cover themself under immunity to get away from their crime. TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR RAJAPAKSHA’S CRIMINAL GANG.

    • Nadaal

      The war was fought by the professional Sri Lankan army the best way possible under the circumstances due to the ruthless tactics employed by the most ruthless terrorist organization in the world at that time The LTTE. Today all the Tamils and Muslims in Sri Lanka are living a peaceful , pressure free life because the Army under General Sarath Fonseka and the able support and guidance by President Rajapakse and Gotabaya Rajapakses defeated this so called sole representatives of Tamils who committed heinous crimes even on their own race let alone Sinhalese and Muslims. Purpose behind the actions of the Tamil Forums are very clear to us as they want to milk the diaspora again so they can colletc over 200 million dollars a year.

  2. saman

    Well, then how did Anton Balasingham manage to stay in UK all these years? I hear Adel aunty is still there too!

  3. NE

    What about Mrs Balasingham.?

    • Tomsamusa

      The has long past for this idiotic questions to hood wink the world and divert attension.
      All mass murder silvas both in nyc and uk will be face justice in court(not in sinking lanka)

    • Why don’t the SL regme take up the case against Adel?
      May be because it has no money, having wasted in sending 72 delegates
      to Geneva and have failed to win its case.

    • anjosh

      No problem. You can file a case against Mrs Balasingam if you have the evidence against her and the courts will take necessary action. She is not protected by diplomatic immunity.

  4. roma

    how is Suren Surendran staying in UK. He is also irresponsible for death of 100000s of innocent civilians died in Sri Lanka. He should be punished for the crimes done against humanity and still suffering poor people in Sri Lanka WHOM THIS SO CALLED TAMIL DIASPORA IS NOT SUPPORTIVE.

  5. LELA

    To NE and SAMAN:

    When you do find evidence that Anton and/or his wife had committed crimes against humanity we can focus on getting you their pound of flesh, until then lets focus on the criminals against who evidence exists shall we?

  6. roma

    The Sri Lankan Army fought a grim battle with the separatist LTTE for over two and a half decades, during which time the “Tamil Tigers” as they are also known, pioneered the use of suicide bombings, killed thousands of civilians and committed a series of atrocities that made the prospect of future Sri Lankan peace seem impracticable. The human cost of the civil war has been estimated as having deprived the nation of up to 100,000 lives; the financial cost over US $200 Billion, a figure that amounts to roughly five times Sri Lanka’s gross domestic product in 2009.

  7. roma

    INDIAN SECRETS

    Reconciling with Sri Lankan truth
    A skeleton apparently dropped out of the Indian cupboard when a slice of the disgusting Indian role in the Sri Lankan war was openly written about today in our press. Even in cold print, it stinks of dead carcasses rotting under the tropical sun, and the sight of the vultures feeding on them is simply appalling.
    The point is, India can never get rid of the smell of Sri Lankan blood on its hands. The blood coagulated over the past 3 decades and now all the waters of the Indian Ocean cannot wash it away. What is needed is a truth and reconciliation commission so that the Indian establishment can go through a genuine catharsis.
    Now, where do we begin? I think a good starting point is NOT Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination but what drove Velupillai Prabhakaran to order the killing. So, let us go back to the early 1980s when we were on ‘talking terms’ with Prabhakaran.
    That was also the time I worked as a diplomat in the Indian mission in Colombo handling political work, but like Lord Palmerston said famously about the Schleswig-Holstein Question, I’ve forgotten all about it.
    Fortunately, however, we have still serving our establishment three officials who may remember and can possibly tell the whole story at its genesis, and the truth and nothing but the truth as to what made Prabhakaran turn an enemy — West Bengal governor M.K.Narayanan, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and the Permanent Representative to the United Nations H.S.Puri.
    Let us constitute a Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Sri Lanka. Knowing the truth about Sri Lanka’s war and reconciling with the truth is becoming terribly important for our country, too. As the flip-flop in the Indian stance at the UNHRC voting in Geneva yesterday shows, opportunism bordering on political cynicism still rules the roost in India’s Sri Lanka policy; and, it is bereft of principles, beliefs, consistency or any trace of morality.
    India is playing with fire. It shouldn’t be that the life of one former prime minister was lost in vain, when it was cut down in its prime.
    Equally reprehensible it indeed is if our country is still having a blood feud with its small neighbour. An honest bit of soul-searching will do us a world of good. Now, how do we begin? Let us begin by asking M.K.Narayanan first, who would probably have a complete memory of the violent life and times of Prabhakaran. But before doing that, read the story in the Business Standard first so that you’d know what to ask him.

  8. roma

    Reconciling with Sri Lankan truth
    A skeleton apparently dropped out of the Indian cupboard when a slice of the disgusting Indian role in the Sri Lankan war was openly written about today in our press. Even in cold print, it stinks of dead carcasses rotting under the tropical sun, and the sight of the vultures feeding on them is simply appalling.
    The point is, India can never get rid of the smell of Sri Lankan blood on its hands. The blood coagulated over the past 3 decades and now all the waters of the Indian Ocean cannot wash it away. What is needed is a truth and reconciliation commission so that the Indian establishment can go through a genuine catharsis.
    Now, where do we begin? I think a good starting point is NOT Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination but what drove Velupillai Prabhakaran to order the killing. So, let us go back to the early 1980s when we were on ‘talking terms’ with Prabhakaran.
    That was also the time I worked as a diplomat in the Indian mission in Colombo handling political work, but like Lord Palmerston said famously about the Schleswig-Holstein Question, I’ve forgotten all about it.
    Fortunately, however, we have still serving our establishment three officials who may remember and can possibly tell the whole story at its genesis, and the truth and nothing but the truth as to what made Prabhakaran turn an enemy — West Bengal governor M.K.Narayanan, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and the Permanent Representative to the United Nations H.S.Puri.
    Let us constitute a Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Sri Lanka. Knowing the truth about Sri Lanka’s war and reconciling with the truth is becoming terribly important for our country, too. As the flip-flop in the Indian stance at the UNHRC voting in Geneva yesterday shows, opportunism bordering on political cynicism still rules the roost in India’s Sri Lanka policy; and, it is bereft of principles, beliefs, consistency or any trace of morality.
    India is playing with fire. It shouldn’t be that the life of one former prime minister was lost in vain, when it was cut down in its prime.
    Equally reprehensible it indeed is if our country is still having a blood feud with its small neighbour. An honest bit of soul-searching will do us a world of good. Now, how do we begin? Let us begin by asking M.K.Narayanan first, who would probably have a complete memory of the violent life and times of Prabhakaran. But before doing that, read the story in the Business Standard first so that you’d know what to ask him.

  9. nishan

    No one will pardon these military leaders who has carried out genocide against minorities. I wanted them to be hanged in public along with Gothabaya.

    How can one forgive those criminals who presumably masterminded the killing of minimum 40,000 civilians? Infact some of the competent authority put this figure as high as 75,000. This is one of the biggest crime in this millennium.

  10. Neomal Perera

    He can be declared persona non grata and stripped of his diplomatic immunity by the UK govt and prosecuted in Britsh courts

  11. Mohan

    De Silvas, Fernandos, Fonsekas, Mervyn Silvas, Johns ……all these people born to Portugese, Dutch, British sperms and they join with the alien Buddhism and their native skin converts to kill the native and indigenous (skin) people.

  12. Yours truly Sri Lankan

    Why can’t she when Shavendra could creep in after leading the 58th battallion???

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