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Top Army officials to be quizzed over disappearances

The Office of Missing Persons says it will question top officials who commanded the Army during the final stages of the war against the LTTE in order to determine the fate of the persons who disappeared after surrendering to the Army, according to radiogagana.com.

That will definitely happen on the basis of the information provided by the relatives of the missing persons about the officials who took custody of those persons, head of the OMP, Saliya Pieris said.

In May, the ITJP, led by Yasmin Suka, asked the OMP to question the then Wanni commander Gen. Jagath Jayasuriya and commander of the 58 brigade Maj. Gen. Shavendra Silva, who is said to have overseen the arrests.

If Sri Lanka is to get its name cleared of accusations

Speaking at a media briefing organized by Internews, Peiris said action should be taken against those responsible for the disappearances if Sri Lanka was to get its name cleared of the accusations.

He said however, sudden summoning of the officials would not work, and said the questioning should take place scientifically.

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka has said that he was prepared to give evidence against Jayasuriya, who later became the Army commander, after the ITJP filed court action against him in Latin America over war crimes, disappearances and human rights violations.

The head of the OMP said relatives specifically want to stress that their loved ones had been victims of enforced disappearances.

He also refuted allegations by Sinhala nationalists that the OMP aimed to send the Army to the gallows.

Victims of enforced disappearances

He questioned attempts to justify those disappearances, saying that persons responsible for white van abductions, abductions for extortion should not be protected.

No civilized country will approve

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Noting that Sri Lankans should admit that such incidents had taken place, Pieris said no civilized country will approve of those disappearances.

He added that most in the north and the east believed those went missing in 2009 to be still alive in some camp and refused to accept death certificates.

However, authorities say no one is under their custody.

The OMP is due to visit Kilinochchi in the coming weekend to meet relatives of the missing and civil society representatives there.