Jan 22, 2019

Case to be filed in High Court against Navy abductors Featured

The attorney general is considering initiating legal proceedings in the High Court against the Navy personnel who are accused over the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths for ransom.

A CID team has conducted a lengthy investigation into the incident, and a non-summary proceeding at the magistrate’s court seems unlikely.

Some of the suspects are in remand custody while the others are out on bail.

Difference between war heroes and murderers

Meanwhile, defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando says merely being a member of the armed forces does not make one a war hero.

If someone involved in the war comes to the home village and commits a murder, he is not a war hero, but a murderer, who should be punished by courts, he said yesterday (22) at a ceremony at Nalanda College, Colombo.

A Ranaviru medal should be gazetted for someone to become a war hero, he said, adding there are only 39,000 war heroes in the country - 34,000 of them in the Army, 4,400 in the Navy and 600 in the Air Forces.

What the president said

“No hunting down of war heroes”

Last year, president Maithripala Sirisena said investigations into certain incidents during the war and other unrelated incidents were not a hunting down of war heroes.

He told Sri Lankans in New York during a visit to the US that one main promise given by him in 2015 was to punish such wrongdoers, which would be an honour for the true war heroes.