Presidential COI holds fresh sittings in Trinco

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The Presidential Commission to Inquire (COI) into complaints regarding Missing Persons began more public sittings in the Trincomalee District today.

The public sittings will be conducted from today till Tuesday and will take place in Muttur and Trincomalee.

Secretary to the Commission, H.W. Gunadasa said that people who had already made complaints from the Muttur, Seruwila, Eachilampattu (Verugal), Kinniya and Thampalakaman Grama Niladhari Divisions have been invited to appear before the commission today and tomorrow to make oral statements.

He also said that complainants from the Trincomalee town, Padavisiripura, Gomarankadawela, Kantalai, Morawewa and Kuchaveli Grama Niladhari Divisions
have been invited to appear before the commission on Monday and Tuesday.

The Commission has also invited any person, persons or organizations within the selected Grama Niladhari Divisions to submit fresh complaints to the
Commission during this period.

The Commission, which expanded from three members to five members, submitted its
Interim Report to President Maithripala Sirisena in April.

The Presidential Commission was appointed to inquire into and report on alleged abductions or disappearances that occurred during the period January 1, 1983 to May 19, 2009.

In its interim report, the Commission headed by Maxwell Paranagama, noted that it had received 16,153 complaints from residents in the Northern and Eastern Provinces and 5,200 complaints from the families of security forces personnel.

The Commission noted in the report that allegations of forced disappearances, abductions and arbitrary arrests have been made against the LTTE, security forces, armed groups and unknown groups.

Based on the inquiries conducted thus far, accountability and responsibility by these parties vary from district to district, and in the Northern Province, 60% of the allegations were levelled against the LTTE, 30% against the security forces, 5% against armed groups and 5% against unknown groups. (Colombo Gazette)