Australian Attorney General rejects war crimes charges against Sri Lankan President

Oct 25, Perth: Australia’s Attorney General has refused to allow a court to proceed with case filed against Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa charging him with war crimes.

The Attorney General in a statement issued by his office has said that he would be in breach of international laws if he allowed the case filed by a Sri Lankan born Tamil citizen of Australia to proceed.

Under the International laws the heads of governments and diplomatic missions are provided legal immunity.

Arunachalam Jegatheeswaran, a Tamil now a citizen of Australia filed a case Monday in the Melbourne Magistrates Court alleging the President of war crimes against the Tamils in Sri Lanka just as when President arrived in Perth to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (CHOGM).

The Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard has said that such cases cannot be proceeded without the approval from the Australian government and consent of Attorney-General Robert McClelland is needed for such cases to proceed.

Pro-LTTE groups in Australia and Canada have planned to raise their claims of genocide and war crime allegations against Sri Lanka during the CHOGM meeting.

Sri Lankan government has consistently denied allegations of war crimes during the final phase of the war to liberate the North from the control of the Tamil Tiger terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The LTTE was completely annihilated in Sri Lanka in May 2009 but the overseas supporters of LTTE in Western countries and Europe have regrouped since then.

Recently a Dutch court sentenced five Sri Lankan Tamil men, now Dutch citizens to six years in prison for extorting money from expatriate Tamils in Netherlands as recent as last year to raise funds for LTTE.

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