The Army report in response to Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) regarding the Rathupaswala incident will further get delayed due to several legal implications.
“Despite the legal implications arisen regarding some of the aspects, the report is being prepared,” said Director Media Sri Lanka Army Brigadier Jayanath Jayaweera. The release of the Army report, which was expected a few weeks ago, is still not completed. According to the military spokesman the next hearing of the Rathupaswala court case is on September 4. He mentioned that the report will be released after the case is heard by the courts.
Speaking to The Nation Brigadier Jayaweera said that given the present situation with regard to the Army report, he cannot provide a exact day as to when it will be released.
The final report of the Human Rights Commission which was handed over to the President in January held the Army responsible for the deaths of three and causing injury to 36 people. The Commission in their report has also provided recommendations to take disciplinary action against commanding officers, chief officers and officers of the Army who participated in dispersing protests.
Further the report says that the Sri Lanka Army has misused and exceeded their powers in dispersing the protestors who engaged in a demonstration in Rathupaswala demanding clean water.