Vankalaipadu SLN commander gives evidence in Pesalai killings

[TamilNet, Friday, 07 July 2006, 13:32 GMT]
Mannar Additional Magistrate Mr.T.J.Pirapaharan Friday ordered the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of Talaimannar Police to record the statement of the Commanding Officer of the Sunny Village Naval Detachment and to produce Lieutenant Commander Rohana Dissanayake of Sunny Village SLN camp on the next date of inquiry. The Additional Magistrate made the above directive at the conclusion of the evidence of Lieutenant Dissanayake Santhana Lakshman Dissanayake, commanding officer of Vankalaipadu Navy camp, legal sources said.

The magisterial inquest proceedings into the killing of an old woman inside the Church of Our Lady of Victory in Pesalai and five fishermen on seashore on June 17 commenced Friday morning in Mannar Magistrate Court, legal sources said. Independent reports have widely accused Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) soldiers of the crime. About forty civilians who sought refuge in the church also sustained injuries in the attack.

Talaimannar Police OIC and Chief Inspector Mr.H.M.Jayatilake led the evidence at the inquest. Lieutenant Dissanayake Santhana Lakshman Dissanayake, commanding officer of Vankalaipadu Navy camp said in his evidence that Lieutenant Commander Rohana Dissanayake of Sunny Village SLN camp had visited the witness on June 17 in the Vankalaipadu naval camp. Thereafter the acting Magistrate instructed the Talaimannar Police OIC to submit a report including the names of four SLN soldiers of the Sunny Village naval camp who visited the Vankalaipadu naval camp accompanying Lieutenant Commander Rohana Dissanayake. The court further directed the Talaimannar Police OIC to produce the numbers of the motorbikes used by naval personnel and the name of the naval officer in charge of the vehicles on the next date of inquiry, legal sources said.

The court further instructed the Talaimannar Police OIC to submit another report containing details of motor bikes and other vehicles used by the Vankalaipadu navy camp on the particular date. Talaimannar Police was instructed to furnish the names of SLN soldiers who used those vehicles on the date of violence, legal sources said.

Further inquiry into the inquest proceedings was put off for July 13.

Counsels K.S.Ratnavel, E.Guyas Beldano and B.Denislaran appeared for the aggrieved parties, legal sources said.

Security was tightened around the Mannar Magistrate court building, sources said.

Related Articles:
04.07.06   Independent report verifies SLN complicity in Pesalai violen..
20.06.06   SL Navy desecrated island's biggest church - Bishop


Latest 15 Reports
25.07.16 21:12   Photo
2009 genocide justice not going to come from UNP of 1983 pogrom: Shivajilingam
24.07.16 23:00   Photo
Saiva priests protest against Colombo constructing fishing jetty near Nakulesvaram temple
23.07.16 23:09  
Ethnic discrimination in student enrollment exposes reconciliation farce: Tamil academic
22.07.16 19:47   Photo
Tamil student leaders in Jaffna condemn SL Governor Cooray’s remarks in Colombo
21.07.16 01:26  
University engineers not learning lessons
21.07.16 00:21   Photo
Tamil politicians blame SL Military for enticing Sinhala students with triumphalist chauvinism
20.07.16 16:39   Photo
Tamil fishermen rise up against Colombo's move to permanently militarise Pa'l'li-munai in Mannaar
20.07.16 15:21   Photo
NPC demands CoI to go beyond criminal investigations on Jaffna University clash
19.07.16 23:15  
Sinhala-Tamil student clash in Jaffna exposes dangerous proportions of military occupation
18.07.16 18:01   Photo
‘SL President sanctioning 67-feet Buddha statue off Jaffna is act of aggression’
17.07.16 23:46  
Eastern University instructs assaulted Tamil student to attend investigations in Colombo
16.07.16 13:37   Photo
SL military-backed Sinhala students clash with Tamil students in Jaffna University
15.07.16 23:51   Photo
Encouraged by US appeasement, SL military strengthens genocidal grip on North
14.07.16 23:52  
SL Commander of 58 Division twists lists at Mullaiththeevu Magistrates’ Court
13.07.16 23:31   Photo
SL military deployed to rob material remains of houses in Valikaamam North ‘HSZ’ 
Find this article at: