25 September, 2020

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The Major General Prasanna De Silva Case

By European Center  For Constitutional And Human Rights-  

5 April 2012 The Sri Lankan Major General Prasanna De Silva is defense attaché at the Sri Lankan High Commission in London since September 2010. According to a report by The Guardian, De Silva’s withdrawal is expected within the next days. A reason for the withdrawal is a 28-pages background dossier supported by ECCHR on the alleged involvement of De Silva in war crimes committed during the last months of the Sri Lankan civil war (January – May 2009). The dossier was prepared by the Society for Threatened Peoples Switzerland with the support of ECCHR and TRIAL.

Major General Prasanna De Silva

This dossier had been submitted to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and to the Prime Minister on 24 January 2012. Prepared on the basis of authoritative and reliable sources, including the United Nations Panel of Experts report, the dossier includes detailed information on allegedly targeted attacks on the civilian population and hospitals allegedly carried out by troops commanded by Major General De Silva in the North of Sri Lanka. The authors conclude that there is sufficient evidence against Mr. De Silva to prompt a criminal investigation.

The British Government has known about Major General De Silva’s presence for some time. In October 2011 the Foreign Office stated that it was aware of the allegations against Mr. De Silva, but that there was no concrete evidence against him. Furthermore, Mr. De Silva could only be prosecuted in the UK after his diplomatic immunity had been waived. The Foreign Office has not taken any steps to end Mr. De Silva’s immunity neither after receiving the background dossier in January, nor after a dialogue with the authoring organizations in March. The dossier was then also sent to the Crown Prosecution Service and Metropolitan Police.

The British Government has in the past expressed its disappointment in the failure of the Sri Lankan authorities to adequately investigate the countless credible allegations of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law in Sri Lanka. The case of Major General De Silva presented an opportunity for the British Government to show through concrete judicial and political steps that it is indeed unacceptable for suspects of these crimes to escape justice. However, it failed to act.

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    I don’t know why they appoint ex Major-Generals to diplomatic positions?

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      coz they have weapons

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    Naturally because they connived with the US and the Indians to enact a War Drama, that had some excesses committed in the end by MR, which might be hung on MR’s neck very soon. The retired Forces personnel are rewarded for their services, for acting according to the plan. Otherwise imagine a land mine infested NE being taken over by MR and the Forces just under thirty months? The access routes were known only to the LTTE and those who supplied such a massive stock to protect the LTTE strong holds from the Forces taking over. But when one look at it appears the mines have been no problem for the Forces? The War went to clock work precission that the LTTE having closed the Mawillaru Anicut, buried their sophisticated arms to be overun by the Forces. Even VP’s bunker was not even booby trapped but left for the Forces to capture and score milage in the kept media by showing it for the gullible public. The deminig teams clearly state that it might take another ten years to complete. A Nation gullible enough to believe in Jathaka Stories, the Americans must be laughing all the way.

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    Where is this bugger De Silva hiding. He is not safe. He thinks with diplomatic immunity he is safe? We will get him.

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      Who is this “we” you speak of ? More multiple personalities in your head ?

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