Task Force proposal for foreign judges in war probe rejected

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The Task Force has proposed that international participation in Sri Lanka be phased out once confidence is established in a purely domestic mechanism.Senaratne said that even if a Government appointed committee makes a proposal it is for the Government to decide the way forward. The Final Consultation Task Force report on Reconciliation Mechanisms which was handed over to former President Chandrika Bandarnaike Kumarathunga, has called for a hybrid court to hear cases related to the war. A proposal to have foreign judges to investigate incidents related to the war was rejected again by the Government today.Government spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that anyone can make a proposal calling for foreign judges to be involved in the probe on the war but the Government stand is final. A Government appointed Task Force has proposed that foreign judges be involved in the domestic process to investigate the war. The Minister said the Government is clear in its stand that a purely domestic mechanism will be used to investigate incidents related to the war while foreign technical assistance will be used if required.The report of the Task Force combines and provides a detailed understanding of the consultations that have taken place over the past year.The Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms said the report will be of key importance in setting up subsequent Transitional Justice Mechanisms that are envisioned by the Government and the findings of the report will be taken into consideration when designing the aforementioned Transitional Justice mechanisms. (Colombo Gazette)

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