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24 youths made to disappear: Illancheliyan orders Army Commander to appear in Court

24 youths made to disappear: Illancheliyan orders Army Commander to appear in Court

The High Court Judge Illancheliyan has ordered the Army Commander to appear in Court in the case filed by the relatives of 24 youth arrested in 1996 and made to disappear. Three writs of Mandamus had been filed through AALs Guruparan and Subashini, by the relatives of people who were arrested by the Officer Commanding of the Navatkuli Army camp, Thumintha Keptivelana,  during a round- up and search operation at Navatkuli and subsequently made to disappear by the Army.   

These writs had been filed citing the then Officer Commanding of the Navatkuli Army camp, Thumintha Keptivelana  as the first accused with the Commander of the Army and the Attorney General as the second and third accused respectively. The hearing of these writs were taken up yesterday in the HC, Jaffna yesterday and the Judge had issued the above order quoting the following:

Under the International Criminal Law, making to disappear by force had been cited as  a crime and an activity against humanity. The UN War Crimes Courts for Rwanda and Yugoslavia had decreed that ‘Making to disappear by force’ as a crime and an activity against humanity. The same context is found in this case and hence the Army Commander and the then Officer Commanding of the Navatkuli Army camp, Thumintha Keptivelana  shall appear in this court on 18th January 2018, he had ordered.

He had also instructed that this information be intimated to the Army Commander and the then Officer Commanding of the Navatkuli Army camp, Thumintha Keptivelana.


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