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Mannar mass grave: shackled skeleton unearthed

A skeleton with its leg in a shackle was unearthed today at the mass grave site in Mannar. 

Over 250 whole skeletons have been recovered from the site to date. 

The remains are being held at a special chamber in the Mannar Court Complex. Though samples of the remains were supposedly due to be sent to a laboratory in the United States for carbon dating, the decision to send them lies with Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Justice. The ministry is yet to reply, and is only expected to respond in December.

There has also been controversy over the announcement in August by the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) that the office would fund the excavation, with concerns being raised about the independence of the office.

Last week the German ambassador to the Sri Lanka visited the mass grave site.