Mylanthanai massacre case before Sinhala Jury

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 16 January 2002, 18:40 GMT]
The Colombo High Court Wednesday ordered that the Mylanthanai massacre case should be heard before Sinhala speaking Jury. In this case twenty one army personnel have been indicted with the murder of 35 Tamil villagers of Mylanthanai in Batticaloa district on 9th August 1992.

When this case was taken up for inquiry Wednesday before the Colombo High Court Mr. S.Sriskandaraja, only eighteen accused were present. The prosecution told court that three accused had died.

The accused have been indicted on 85 counts including murder, attempted murder and unlawful assembly.

The defense made an application that the trial against the accused should be held before Sinhala speaking Jury. The High Court Judge allowed the application.

In this incident 35 Tamil villagers of Mylanthanai in Punanai area in Batticaloa district were massacred by Sri Lanka Army soldiers following the death of Lt Colonel Hector Kobbekadauwa in Jaffna in a land mine attack.


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