Sri Lanka recalls high ranking diplomat accused of war crimes

Sept 13, Colombo: In a move to nulify the international criticism, The Sri Lankan government has recalled  the Deputy Ambassador to Germany, Switzerland and Vatican, former Major General Jagath Dias who was under scrutiny for alleged war crimes.

Major General Jagath Dias was accused of war crimes in a report from the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in January this year

Major General Jagath Dias had led the 57th division of the Sri Lankan army during the final stages of the war, of committing war crimes.

The ECCHR reports holds Major General Dias personally responsible for ordering his troops to fire upon civilian and hospital targets during the army’s final offensive against Tamil Tiger terrorists between 2008 and 2009.

It also accuses the General of participating in acts of torture and the execution of rebel fighters.

“According to several sources, it is possible that Jagath Dias was also involved in torturing and killing LTTE-leaders after they surrendered or were caught by Sri Lankan military forces,” the report has noted.

The ECCHR recommended revoking the diplomatic visa of Major General Dias, declare him as a “persona non grata” and seriously consider the initiation of criminal investigations.

Swissinfo reported that last month the Swiss Foreign Ministry has confirmed it had contacted Sri Lankan authorities about the case.

According to Swiss news agency diplomatic sources had confirmed that Major General Dias had been recalled to Sri Lanka.

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