Case pertaining to mass grave at Matale Hospital grounds taken up

Case pertaining to mass grave at Matale Hospital grounds taken up

Case pertaining to mass grave at Matale Hospital grounds taken up

Written by Bella Dalima

05 Dec, 2014 | 10:43 pm

The case pertaining to the mass grave that was unearthed at the grounds of the Matale General Hospital, was taken up again at the Matale Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

One hundred and fifty five (155) skeletons were discovered when the land where the hospital premises is located was excavated on  November 26, 2012, to build a bio- gas unit.

The court granted permission to the lawyer representing the aggrieved parties, to obtain the copies of the report of the dating research conducted on the skeletal remains by a laboratory in the US.

Sunil Watagala, the lawyer representing the aggrieved party,  shared these views:

“The problem here is surrounding the time frame of the incident. Many local experts believe that we have a shorter time in caparison to America. However, we should assess reports compiled by both international and local experts. We still haven’t seen the report. The judge had made a statement saying that this murder had taken place in the 1950s based on an excerpt taken from the report. Even if this was committed in the 1950 s what needs to be found out is whether this was murder or not.”

Secretary of External Affairs, JVP – Somawansa Amarasinghe shared these views:

“The ones who died are people who we knew. They are the people of this nation. The country is now facing something that was committed in the past. A mass murder was committed. therefore a report should be presented to ward off all suspicion.”

Hearings were postponed to January 16.

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