Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake said that the case could not progress as the main witness was overseas and was not in a position to support proceedings.
However he said that the case was now progressing as new reforms have allowed the use of Skype to gather evidence.
“We could not proceed with the case as the main witness was overseas and was not in a position to support proceedings. The case is now progressing as new reforms have allowed the use of Skype evidence,” the Minister tweeted.
His tweet was in response to a tweet by the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap where he stated “justice delayed is justice denied” with regards to the failure to hold anyone accountable over the killing of the five youth.
The five Tamil students were allegedly summarily executed by the Special Task Force, whilst they spent an afternoon on the beach in Trincomalee on 2nd January 2006.
The case – known as the ‘Trinco 5′ – remains one of the highest profile killings in Sri Lanka to receive international attention, listed in 2014 by the then UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report on Sri Lanka as one of four ‘emblematic cases’ of the Government’s failure to ensure accountability.
The five slain students, who were all 20-years-old when killed, are Manoharan Ragihar, Yogarajah Hemachchandra, Logitharajah Rohan, Thangathurai Sivanantha and Shanmugarajah Gajendran. (Colombo Gazette)