Sri Lanka drops charges against naval chief of 11 killings

Sri Lanka drops charges against naval chief of 11 killings

Sri Lanka drops charges against naval chief of 11 killings

The Sri Lankan authorities have dropped charges, including conspiracy to assassinate, a former naval chief in connection with 11 murders that have been internationally convicted, the country's attorney general said. 

Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam told the Court of Appeal on Wednesday that the state would not bring charges against Karannagoda, who was first indicted in 2019 for kidnapping and blackmailing teenagers from wealthy families in 2008 and 2009. 

Conspiracy to commit murder resulting in the death penalty. The human rights organization Amnesty International called on Sri Lanka. The killing of the 11 youths was raised by the UN Human Rights Council, which called for an independent investigation into the atrocities committed during the separatist war. in the illegal custody of the Navy, although their bodies were never found. 

Investigators assume that the actual number of victims of kidnappings and murders is at least three times as high.Police said the victims were unrelated to ethnic Tamil separatist rebels and were kidnapped to extort money from families. 

Some were even killed after the money was given to them. Military personnel were often charged with extrajudicial executions during the war. The offensive against the Tamils ​​was marked by serious violations, according to human rights groups. A UN body said that 40,000 civilians may have been killed in the final stages of the conflict.