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Tamil diaspora groups dismayed by outcome of Trinco 5 case

Tamil diaspora organisations are dismayed at the reports that 13 Sri Lankan Special Task Force (STF) and police personnel charged with executing five Tamil youths in Trincomalee on 2 January 2006 were acquitted of all charges last week.

 The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC), the British Tamils Forum (BTF), the Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC) and the US Tamil Action Group (USTAG), believe that last week's ruling on the 'Trinco 5' case is emblematic of Sri Lanka not delivering justice for serious crimes committed against Tamil civilians. 

President of USTAG, Seetharam Sivam said, "Sri Lanka has perfected the art of protecting its security forces and the political leadership by creating a complex maze of lies, deceit, distrortions, fear and intimidation."

"In such an environment, Tamil victims receiving justice in an exclusively Sri Lankan judicial system is next to impossible," he added. 

The groups have called on the international community to ensure that impunity in Sri Lanka ends so that justice can be served for emblematic cases as well as all atrocity crimes committed in the country.