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Wednesday 19th June 2019    
Sending Bone Remains of Mannar Mass Grave to California, Delayed! | Lankaviews | Views of the TruthLankaviews | Views of the Truth

Sending Bone Remains of Mannar Mass Grave to California, Delayed!



It is reported that sending skeletal remains of the Mannar mass grave to America will be further delayed as this process is expensive.

By now, 114 bodies have been recognised, and 12 bones are suspicious about that they belong to children. Previously, 96 bodies recovered from the mass grave, but it was reported that the Ministry of Justice not permitted to send it to the USA. Keeping them without observing the period has become an issue. Mannar Court has placed the bones in a separate chamber in the Mannar Court complex.

These dead bodies can be considered as a result of a crime, and therefore, the primary step to be taken is judiciary actions. However, the Ministry of Justice and the government are continuously postponing funds for these investigations. More skeletal parts have been discovered during the fifth day of excavations of the mass grave site discovered at the Mannar CWE stores complex.

According to the regional correspondents, the specialised group of forensics experts headed by the Mannar Chief Medical Judicial Officer had sifted through the sandy soil and discovered human skeletal parts resembling human teeth and jaw bones and bones resembling human hands.

Prior to the methodical excavations, some of the bones had been damaged by the excavations using a backhoe. Hence, the JMO W.R.A.S. Rajapaksha said investigations have become harder as most of the bones are damaged.

Initially, the human skeletal remains were discovered on May 16, during excavations for a new building at the Sathosa stores complex on the main Medawachchiya-Mannar road.

Excavations had commenced subsequent to the initial investigation carried out by the District Judge M.M. Alex Raja on May 28.

The head of the Archaeology Post Graduate Institute Prof. Raj Somadeva and his team are scheduled to determine the time frame of the mass grave, while the Government Analyst’s Department is also expected to assist them.

Judicial Medical Officer (JMO) Saminda Rajapaksa told JDS that the decision to send samples from the mass grave to a laboratory in Florida for carbon dating is a decision  Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Justice.