An army court of inquiry has, in a new report, cleared the military over allegations of targeting civilian locations during the final stages of the war.
Human rights groups had raised doubts over investigations carried out by the army as the allegations are against the army in relation to some in
cidents reported during the war.
The first part of the report of the army court was handed over to Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa by Army Commander Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya today.
The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) appointed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa had made some observations pertaining to the Army and allegations made by Britain’s Channel 4 television.
Thereafter in terms of Regulation 4 of the Courts of Inquiry Regulations 1952, the Commander of the Army convened a Court of Inquiry to investigate and submit a report on the observations made by the LLRC.
The army court of inquiry headed by Major General A W J C de Silva, included Major General A K S Perera, Brigadier J R Kulatunga, Brigadier W R P de Silva, Brigadier A S Wijewickrama and Lieutenant Colonel H M L D Herath.
The Court examined senior field commanders and infantry, armory, artillery, intelligence, civil affairs and medical officers who had participated in the Humanitarian Operation.