Statements recorded from Chemmani victim's relatives

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 22 June 1999, 11:38 GMT]
Officials from the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) yesterday recorded statements from the relatives of the Rasaiah Satheeskumar, 29, and Mahenthiran Babu, 23, whose skeletons were exhumed from the Chemmani gravesite last week, said police sources.

chemmani-exhumation_160699.jpg
Forensic experts dug the Chemmani gravesite on June 16 and found skeletal remains. The site is believed to contain bodies of hundreds of Tamils who disappeared from military custody.Photo:AP
The police are expected to continue with further legal processes primarily on information revealed in these statements, the sources said.

The police would seek assistance from the Attorney General's Department in view of continuing the legal processes, the sources added.

The skeletal remains of the Rasaiah Satheeskumar, and Mahenthiran Babu were exhumed from the Chemmani gravesite on June 17.

Their relatives have said that they were arrested by Sri Lanka Army soldiers in Jaffna on August 19, 1996 and have been reported 'missing' since then.

Their skeletons were exhumed on information given in the courts by former SLA soldier, Rajapakse. He claimed hundreds of Tamils arrested by the SLA soldiers in Jaffna were tortured and killed; their bodies were then buried in the Chemmani gravesite.

The SLA soldier claimed that he had buried several of these bodies in the Chemmani and Ariyalai areas of the peninsula.

Corporal Rajapakse has been sentenced to death for the abduction and murder of a Jaffna school girl and her relatives but says that his only involvement was to bury the bodies on the orders of his superiors.


Related Articles:
18.06.99   Relatives identify Chemmani skeletons

 

Latest 15 Reports
26.07.16 23:38  
JUSU opposes police cases against Tamil students, SL military steps up surveillance
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
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=3461