The Presidential Commission Investigating Cases of Missing Persons has appointed a team of retired police officers to look into the cases of missing people which need further investigation.
An internal source revealed that a team of five retired police officers, who are well experienced in conducting investigations, has been appointed by the Commission and they have already started their operations.
According to the source, the team was appointed in accordance with the recommendations made in the interim report that was submitted to President Maithripala Sirisena and the commission received approval from the President to appoint this team. He added that the team is currently having discussions and will soon conduct the investigations into the required cases and necessary actions will be taken.
However, when inquired, the Chairman of the Commission, Maxwel Paranagama, told The Sunday Leader that it is premature to release a statement regarding the team of investigators. “At present, with the general election coming up, we do not intend to release any information with regard to the team of investigators or the state of investigation as we do not want to let anybody politicize the actions taken by the team,” he said.
This year April, the commission submitted the interim report to President Maithripala Sirisena on alleged disappearances that had occurred during the time of the conflict and several recommendations were made in the report. The President has granted approval to implement certain recommendations and appointing a team to further investigate into certain cases was among those recommendations.