Sinhala nationalists support Mannar rape accused

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 18 April 2001, 20:16 GMT]
The former officer in charge of the Mannar Counter Subversive Unit (CSU) N.P.N.Suraweera who is accused of torturing and sexually assaulting two women in custody on 19 March filed a petition Wednesday in the court of appeal that the case against him should be heard in Colombo and not in the district court of Mannar. The Sinhala nationalist politician lawyer Mr. S.L Gunasekera appeared for the Police officer. Suraweera said in his petition that the two women were not raped in custody and that they started saying so only after the Mannar Bishop who, according to him, has close links with the Liberation Tigers visited them on 27 March.

He said that the Bishop had a meeting for half an hour with the Mannar district judge at his residence the same day. Suraweera charged that the judge ordered a second medical examination of the women on 28 March consequent to this meeting.

The officer further stated in his petition that the two women were produced before the Mannar District Medical Officer for examination on 22 March and before the Superintendent of Police (Mannar) on 24 March. Wijikala's mother saw her in CSU custody on 26 March and that the ICRC visited her on 26 and 27 March. "On none of these occasions did the women tell anyone they were raped. Therefore it is with the aim of blocking us from working against the Liberation Tigers that the accusations have been brought against me" Suraweera said in his petition.

A Sinhala extremist group has taken up the cause of Suraweera. The group, a breakaway faction of the Sihala Urumaya, is led by the lawyer politician S.L.Gunasekera. Sinhala nationalists and extremist groups that have come out in support Suraweera charge that he has been framed by sympathizers and operatives of the Liberation Tigers.

Human rights lawyers said that transferring to Colombo cases in which Sri Lankan security forces personnel are accused of raping and murdering Tamils is a well-established ploy in the island's legal system to protect the culprits. "When cases are transferred to Colombo it is easy to intimidate witnesses or eventually tire them of travelling to the capital on each date" one of them said.


Related Articles:
10.04.01   Tamil parties protest in Colombo
09.04.01   Police seek further imprisonment of Sivamani, Wijikala
08.04.01   Mannar women write to President
07.04.01   Tamil women have no faith in President - MP
03.04.01   Trinco lawyers condemn Mannar rape
01.04.01   Government attitudes may contribute to rapes -Sampanthan
01.04.01   Mannar DMO report confirms torture and rape
01.04.01   Bishop protests Police, Navy rapes and murders
28.03.01   Mannar CSU rapes pregnant woman
27.03.01   Southern courts prove safe ground in rights cases

 

Latest 15 Reports
19.07.18 23:22   Photo
Skulls with bullet-like holes excavated in Mannaar mass grave, women and children among victims
18.07.18 19:21   Photo
Uprooted Mu'l'lik-ku'lam Tamils adopt Ira'nai-theevu approach, enter their lands seized by SL Navy
17.07.18 21:29   Photo
Colombo steps up shadow war against NPC Chief Minister Wigneswaran
16.07.18 22:48   Photo
SL Forest Department seizes agricultural lands of Eezham Tamils in Paduvaan-karai
15.07.18 19:14   Photo
Families of enforced disappeared vehemently oppose OMP sittings in North
14.07.18 19:35  
SL High Court in Vavuniyaa tricked again into postponing hearings on TPP case
13.07.18 23:20   Photo
NPC CM declines participation in Colombo's unilateral task force for so-called Development
12.07.18 12:22   Photo
Genocidal Sri Lanka seizes ancient coastal hamlet of Tamil-speaking aborigines in Trincomalee
11.07.18 18:20  
Collaborationist sections of TNA lose significance, Wigneswaran holds key to unified Tamil polity
10.07.18 21:53  
SL Military Intelligence recommences recruitment of notorious ex-paramilitary operatives
09.07.18 22:30   Photo
Antiquities Ordinance used to justify Sinhalicisation of 48 locations in Mullaiththeevu
08.07.18 19:06   Photo
TNPF protests against Colombo's move to militarise Jaffna Fort
07.07.18 19:56   Photo
SL Police in Champoor blocks remembrance of Tamils massacred by SL military
06.07.18 23:17  
Jaffna University silent to Colombo's pressure, motives behind Fort excavation questioned
05.07.18 23:49  
Tamils need native movements to confront Colombo-centric environmental exploitations
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=5940