Sri Lanka

Fonseka’s claim on hit squads

Mar 24, 2017
 Gotabaya denies existence of any hit squads during his tenure as the Defence Secretary 
•            Mano Ganesan speaking at a function in Colombo told that he had a list of 551 persons who had been abducted
•            Secret units independent of the army command structure
•            He seems to think that the people, especially the journalists have totally forgotten the relationship between him and the media
•            One has to collate and compare the claims made by both the topmost officers
The debate during the last lap of the war between the Army Commander, Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka and the Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa during the same period over the death squads allegedly used against many including journalists seems to be a mere coincidence with the ongoing United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions. 
 
However, the demonstration in the North over the disappearances of people at a time when the UNHRC was at sessions in Geneva is not accidental.  

Tamil organizations here as well as abroad and the interested parties such as the Britain’s Channel 4 usually launch their demonstrations and issuing of new documentary films in a manner that they would coincide with the UNHRC sessions, especially the March sessions, in order to draw the attention of the leaders of the world’s human rights body and the countries interested in the matter.  
Joining the debate between the two war veterans who spearheaded the successful military campaign against the dreaded LTTE, Mano Ganesan, the Minster of National Coexistence, Dialogue and Official Languages while speaking at a function at Kathiresan Street in Colombo revealed that he had a list of 551 persons who had been abducted during the tenure of Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the Defence Secretary. The newspapers had quoted Tamil National Alliance (TNA) spokesman and Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthirana saying that Gotabaya Rajapaksa could not absolve himself from the responsibility for the disappearance of people during his service period. Newspapers had also quoted Deputy Minister Sujeeva Senasinghe  accusing the Rajapaksa’s of the same.  
 
Read more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Fonseka-s-claim-on-hit-squads-126113.html#sthash.PSpUPldu.dpuf
 
Daily Mirror, March 24, 2017

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