During his address at the Kurunegala Defense Services College, the Sri Lankan President stated that no “war hero” would be allowed to stand before an international court.
“…nor would any War Hero be deemed an “accused” since no one has been produced in any Court as an accused to this date for any alleged violation of human rights, as claimed by some interested parties,” he added.
Sirisena further assured that he would prioritize the best interest of those who participated in the war. However, he stated that “…those in the armed forces who were engaged in arbitrary murders, abductions and atrocities against innocent civilians should be brought to justice, irrespective of their status or appointments, in fairness to others and the victims.”
The President added that powerful world leaders gave their assurance that they would “stand by” Sri Lanka and its armed forces.
“I will not leave room for true War Heroes to face any accusations and will do everything possible to safeguard the dignity and respect of the armed forces.”