Posted on 02.27.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
Cabinet Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka has tabled a cabinet paper seeking pardon for the members of the Army and LTTE cadres who were alleged of war crimes.
Speaking to the media, he has said that it is not justifiable for military personnel to be punished in a situation where so many others have also been involved in war crimes. Similarly, If the military members are charged with war crimes, around 12,000 former LTTE cadres who have reintegrated into the society should also be charged with similar accusations. Since the search for war criminals on both sides is a process that can not be easily completed, he said that the government should grant a general amnesty.
“There is no need for international oversight of Sri Lanka. We need to come to a solution through the lessons in the past. There are no incidents of killing of political leaders nor clashes between ethnic groups. It was not even the military or the Sinhala extremists who killed Yogeshwaran or Amirthalingam, they were killed by the LTTE.” Minister Ranawaka further added.
The cases filed against many LTTE cadres are being dragged out for years, with no punishment, nor exemption. Also many others have not yet been prosecuted or filed a case against. There are even no evidence that these persons were involved in war crimes. But there are clear evidences against the military members accused of committing war crime incidents.