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[Express Buzz, Tuesday, 22 December 2009 09:46 No Comment]

The UN Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Philip Alston, has asked Sri Lanka to provide clarifications on the alleged killing of three surrendering senior LTTE leaders and their families.

The request was made in a letter addressed to Kshenuka Senewiratna, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka at the UN Office in Geneva.

Alston’s letter follows a statement made by the Opposition Presidential candidate, Gen Sarath Fonseka, in an interview with The Sunday Leader dated December 13, that such killings had taken place on the orders of defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

“Theses allegations were made by the Commander of the Sri Lanka Army at the time of the events and subsequent Chief of Defence Staff (now retired) General Gardihewa Sarath Chandralal Fonseka, in an interview to the newspaper The Sunday Leader. The accounts of journalists embedded with the SLA 58th Brigade confirm some of the alleged circumstances of the death of  Nadeshan, Pulidevan and Ramesh and their families,” Alston said in his letter dated December 18.

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