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Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons in Sri Lanka receives over 5,000 complaints from the North and East

2013 Nov 28

The Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons in Sri Lanka to inquire into persons who had gone missing during the period of the war has received over 5,000 complaints from the Northern and Eastern Provinces.

The three-member commission appointed by the President is headed by Attorney Maxwell Paranagama.

Paranagama told the media that the Commission is currently processing the complaints and will individually inquire into the complaints afterwards.

He said that legal action will be initiated by the Attorney General's Department against any person responsible for the disappearances.

However, Paranagama said that the Commission has had to drop some complaints received since they were outside its mandate.

The Commission has requested the External Affairs Ministry for a report on persons declared missing but maybe residing overseas.

The other two members of the Commission are Director General of Census and Statistics Priyanthi Suranjana Vidyaratne and former Deputy Legal Draftsman and former member of the Monetary Board of Sri Lanka Manohari Ramanathan.

Both Paranagama and Ms. Ramanathan were members of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission.

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