By Colombo Telegraph –
“An officer in the Sri Lanka Army, who fled to Canada and claimed he was ordered to plant explosives at the home of an outspoken opposition politician, is raising new questions about military abuses committed during the island nation’s long civil war.” Canadian National Post reported.
According to the Newspaper Captain Ravindra Priyashantha Watudura Bandanage, 38, deserted after flying to Toronto in October 2009. He has since told Canadian immigration officials he was aware of torture and other crimes carried out by government forces against minority Tamils.
The newspaper said; Testifying at his refugee hearing, he said a colonel ordered him to place bomb materials in the home of a member of parliament named “Silva Jilingam,” an apparent reference to M.K. Sivajilingam, a controversial Sri Lankan MP then aligned with the Tamil National Alliance party. But the captain said he refused and was transferred to Colombo, where he helped with search and cordon operations that rounded up ethnic Tamils. He said he knew the army was torturing, beating and raping civilians.
“I admit that it is a harassment of these people,” he said. A kung fu champion who joined the army in 1993,. Watudura Bandanage told the Immigration & Refugee Board he had been trained in counterinsurgency.
According to the National Posts, he recounted how, in 2008, a colonel had asked him “to do something which was not right…. He said there is an order in regards to this MP, there’s an order from the Defence Ministry…. I was asked to go to this MP’s residence and place some explosive material and detonator, and maybe they had planned to blame him for something and make him leave that area and to do something in that area that way or maybe they wanted to get rid of him.”