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Suspicion Over Reports

  • BASL to seek order to exhume bodies of Aluthgama victims

By Nirmala Kannangara

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) is to submit an application to court and seek an order to exhume the bodies of the Muslims who were killed during the recent riots in Aluthgama and Beruwala and investigate the circumstances that led to their deaths after suspicions were raised over the postmortem reports.

Following a meeting held yesterday the BASL said it had decided to ask the court to direct a qualified Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) or head of the Forensic Department at the University of Colombo to conduct a postmortem seeking accurate and comprehensive reports into the deaths.

BASL President, Attorney-at-law UpulJayasuriya told The Sunday Leader that Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem had also indicated that there were serious doubts over the postmortem reports already submitted on the victims.

“Certain interested parties have meddled with the postmortem reports of the two deceased persons and also with the medical reports of the 17-year-old boy whose leg had to be amputated as a result of the riots,” Jayasuriya said.

He said that if Minister Hakeem had also raised concerns on the postmortem reports, then the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) and the Government Medical Officer’s Association (GMOA) should push for a separate investigation as to if the medical professionals had failed to discharge their duties properly or if there was any outside interference.

Meanwhile, the BASL has resolved to urge the Attorney General to take immediate steps to direct the police investigating the violence in the South to take action against those who had instigated tensions between Muslims and Sinhalese.

The BASL yesterday also unanimously resolved to issue a statement condemning the steps that were taken by the hooligans and the criminal elements during the violence which led to houses, mosques, business places and factories belonging to Muslims being destroyed.

“We note with regret that having ended the 30 year war with the LTTE, there are certain elements with religious connections who harass yet another minority community. These groups have to be charged under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). Sufficient action must be taken by the police and the law enforcement authorities to maintain peace in the affected areas. It is said that on many instances attacks have been carried out in the presence of the law enforcement authorities,” claimed Jayasuriya.

10 Comments for “Suspicion Over Reports”

  1. Mohamed

    I have seen patents who got chest pain suspected to be initial stages of heart attack die in the hospital after two days because of the heart attack – something radically wrong . they go hospital to prevent the heart attack buy they die in the hospital because of heart attack – i got evidence it happened to one of relatives. where is the law and punishment for medical negligence and ill-treating the patents for his or her race or religion. This happens large scale in children hospital in Borella (Nurse are very rude to children and the parents )

  2. Mr Retort

    Hakeem would go on with his slumber till he see how many Ramadan moons to dissociate with UPFA government? Poor fellow can’t FOGGET his stream of free flowing perks of becoming a Minister.

  3. Dr M.L.Najimudeen

    Thank you very much for the impartial action of learned members of the Bar association of Sri Lanka. I admire their courage to stand by justice.

    • VOX. POPULI

      Bar Association should be proud to have as President Upul. A man of
      Courage and character. While Muslim Politicians are doing. The “tango”
      with MR here is a man speaking up for Justice .

  4. gamarala

    A high powered commissioned commission with judicial officers included has so far failed to identify who shot 27 Welikada prisoners dead.
    Covering up crimes of army and police has been the norm for decades.
    The three muslims had bullet wounds and this was reported to have been altered to ‘cut injuries’ in the JMO report.

  5. Lima

    THE TWO VICTIMS WERE SHOT BY THE STF ( THE GOONS OF GOTA CREATED AS SPECIAL UNIT ARE THE UNDERWORLDS FROM TANGALLE) , INVESTIGATE AS THE WORLD KNOWS THESE , LIKE THE ROBED BALU SENA AS THE ARMY DESERTERS WHO TOOK UP ARMS
    THEY ROAM FREELY , GOTA HAS ANOTHER SPECIAL UNIT OF UNIFORMED PEOPLE TO KILL IN THE GUISE OF SECURITY PERSONNEL

  6. Sylvia Haik

    If the Prevention of Terrorism Act was fruitfully deployed the demonstration that was racially explicit and explosive by the Bodu Bala Sena would not have been allowed and the destruction of several lives and properties averted. It appears the PTA is employed selectively.

  7. sukirichuti

    Mr. Jayasuriya you are a saviour. Your actions in the recent past have been very exemplary and need to be applauded. Sir, why don’t you do a deep study as to why Police is dragging its feet in taking action against the offenders in the Aluthgama – Beruwala catastrophe.

  8. mr Jayasuriya why the Attrony General’s department fails in there duty,is a disgrace to the Justice department.

  9. president of law society did a very good job regarding the muslim riot in beruwela.police were not doing their jobs,politicians were playing against the muslim,miroty should not vote for the government,attorney general offcers are control by the policians in power,judical is in politicies,

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