Around 12,000 complaints left to inquire and investigate: PCICMP Chairman

Around 12,000 complaints left to inquire and investigate: PCICMP Chairman

Around 12,000 complaints left to inquire and investigate: PCICMP Chairman

Written by Tharushan Fernando

12 Feb, 2016 | 9:54 pm

Chairman of the Presidential Commission to investigate into complaints regarding Missing Persons (PCICMP), Maxwell Paranagama says that 5,600 complaints have been filed on behalf of security forces personnel who are said to have gone missing during the period of the conflict in Sri Lanka.

Speaking in an exclusive interview to News1st. on the sidelines of next Monday’s expiration of the mandate of the Commission, the Commission Chairman also said they had recommended that certificates of absentia be issued in lieu of death certificates on behalf of persons who had gone missing.

The Chairman noted that the commission has got 5600 complaints from one association connected with the security forces that there were 5600 soldiers missing, but inquiries have yet not begun

The Presidential commission of inquiry was appointed by extraordinary gazette no. 1823/42 dated 15th August 2013, under section 2 of the Commission of Inquiry Act.2

Interim reports were tendered in 2015 to President Maithripala Sirisena.Chairman of the commission Maxwell Paranagama who stated that there are around 12,000 complaints left to inquire and investigate, noted that a period between 12-18 months would be required to complete investigations.

He further noted that the Red cross has stated that instead of the death certificate, they issue a certificate of absence, because they had pointed out that to issue a death certificate against a person who is not still determined dead is unreasonable and it may have some mental effect on the relations. And that a certificate of absence be issued – which has the same legal power as a death certificate – to attend to their legal needs that arise day-to-day.

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