No One Complained About Torture Chambers in Trinco Naval Base: Paranagama

Published: 20th November 2015 04:54 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th November 2015 04:54 PM   |  A+A-

COLOMBO: The Chairman of the Sri Lankan Presidential Commission on Disappearances and War Crimes, Justice Maxwell Paranagama, says that none of the witnesses who appeared before the panel complained about the existence of torture chambers in the Lankan naval base at Trincomalee.

He was reacting to the observation of the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances that they had seen a secret underground detention cum torture center in the Trincomalee naval base.

"The UN Working Group should have gone to these places un-announced.Given advance notice, witnesses are tutored by interested parties, " Paranagama told Express here on Friday.

"However, we are studying the UN group's report and will issue a press release early next week," the retired Lankan judge said.

The UN team said that they saw 12 cells in the Trincomalee naval base.The chambers' walls had blood stains and had definitely been in use till 2010 if not longer, they said.

When asked about the charge, the spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry, Mahishini Colonne, told the media on Thursday, that the government will study the report, rectify the faults and see that those do not occur again.

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