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Sri Lankan president assures troops of no war tribunals

The Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday once again reassured troops that he would not allow them to be tried before a war crimes tribunal, Colombo Gazette reported. 

“As long as I remain the head of the country, I assure you that none of you would be allowed to testify before any war tribunals. Instead, such errant Army personnel, if any, can be produced before Courts and tried according to the existing law of the country," Mr Sirisena said. 

His comments come a day after the Associated Press published an extensive report of ongoing allegations of rape and torture committed by security forces against Tamils. 

"Disgruntled politicians and some retired Army personnel allege saying that War Heroes would be tried and punished, but I, as the President of this country would not allow anyone to be subjected to interrogation by foreign judges as such. Therefore you should not be misled by those baseless allegations and misleading statements.”

“I also appeal all of you to believe in me and not to be misled by statements, rumours and our detractors. I commend all of you for the excellent services you rendered during the times of natural disasters and request you to extend your best cooperation for sustenance of reconciliation and peace in the country as a nation."

"I also wish to insist that unlike in the past, no War Hero’s overseas visa would be denied in future and will ensure their overseas visits are facilitated without any hindrance.”