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CID ordered to expedite publishing notices

2013 Jul 01

by Chrishanthi Christopher

 

The Presidential Commission, appointed to investigate the skeletons found in the Matale mass grave, has directed the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to submit a full report containing the Court proceedings on the findings.
This was revealed by the CID officers yesterday, when the case was taken up for the first time by newly-appointed Magistrate, Sampath Gamage.

 

It is learnt that Magistrate Gamage has directed the CID to expedite publishing notices in the media informing and calling the public to come forward and claim the skeletal remains of family members and kith and kin, who had disappeared or had gone missing during the period 1988-90, to which the bones are said to belong. Meanwhile, Ceylon Today learns the lawyers representing the families, whose affidavits have been accepted, have also asked the CID to expedite publishing the notifications. “We made submissions requesting the CID to expedite notifying the public in this regard,” Attorney-at-Law, Upul Kumarapperuma, who is representing the families said.

 

It is more than a month since the CID was directed by Courts to publish notices in the media and it is claimed the CID has been slow in following. The Geology Department of the Peradeniya University also submitted their findings in a report through the CID.

 

Meanwhile, former JVP Provincial Council member, Gamagedara Dissanayake, said a further 15 people, who had prepared their affidavits, could not submit them to Courts as the cases were quickly heard and Courts adjourned in preparation for a function.

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