UN panel will use Skype and GPS technology to record evidence from SL: Dr. Mahanamahewa

UN panel will use Skype and GPS technology to record evidence from SL: Dr. Mahanamahewa

Written by Staff Writer

23 Jun, 2014 | 8:17 pm

The UNHRC mandated international investigation panel on Sri Lanka is due to commence recording evidence in the first week of next month.

Commissioner of the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission, Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa says that the recording of evidence will take place in the cities of Oslo, Toronto and London.

Dr. Mahanamahewa added that while the panel will record testimony from Sri Lankans residing in these countries, they will also use modern technology to record evidence from those in Sri Lanka.

Commissioner of Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa revealed following details.

“There are a large number of Tamil nationals who migrated to these countries, during the war and in the final stages of the war in Sri Lanka. These people too will be involved when the preliminary recording of evidence takes place for this war crimes investigation. They will conclude recording evidence within about eight months and they will submit their final report to the UN Human Rights Council. Following this the future course of action will be decided on. “

He added: “They will use modern Skype technology for this investigation and they can identify specific locations in Sri Lanka using GPS. We know that at present the evidence ordinance in the world is quite developed. Audio, video, disc, tape and computer evidence will stand in court. If by some chance, this report does go as far as the International Criminal Court in the Hague, then this evidence could be produced by them, at that occasion.”

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