Mannar CSU rape case to be heard in Anuradhapura HC

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 23 August 2005, 15:38 GMT]
Three Sri Lankan police officers and nine soldiers of the Sri Lanka Navy are indicted in the High Court of Anuradhapura Tuesday with the rape and torture of two Tamil women Sivamani Weerakone and Wijakala Nanthan of Uppukulam, a suburb of Mannar town. According to the charge sheet the offences had been committed on 19th March 2001. The inquiry into this case has been fixed for September 21, 22 and 28, legal sources said.

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Inspector Suraweera, Constables Wimalaretna and Cumaraswamy Rajah who were working in the Counter Subversive Unit of the Mannar Police at that time of the incident have been charged with the rape of two Tamil women and nine soldiers of the SLN with unlawful detention and torture of the victims, legal sources said.

Attorney-at-Law Mr.M.Remedius is watching the interests of the victims, sources said.

The victims have already filed Fundamental Rights Violation cases in the Supreme Court for unlawful arrest, detention and committing rape on them, legal sources said.

Both women were stripped naked, assaulted, raped and tortured after the arrest on 19th March 2001 when they being held in the CSU cell in Mannar Police Station, human rights sources said.


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