Cabinet has granted controversial Director of Sri Lanka’s Centre for National Intelligence, Sisira Mendis a further 12 months until June 2018.
Sisira Mendis was the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Sri Lanka with oversight over the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) during the final phase of the war. These police units were named by UN investigations as responsible for torture and sexual violence during the period when Mendis was in charge. Indeed the UN described routine and systematic sexual violence and torture during this period as “part of a deliberate policy” rather than isolated acts.
Mendis is mentioned by name in the OISL report as being the official with command responsibility for what the UN describes as a “particularly notorious” torture site: “The CID is primarily responsible for investigating serious and organised crime, but also engaged with counter-terrorism activities. CID are plainclothes police and have surveillance, intelligence and analysis sections. Its ‘4th Floor’ facility at Police HQ in Colombo is particularly notorious as a place where many detainees are taken for interrogation. In April 2009, the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of the CID was Sisira Mendis”