‘Killing 3,000 soldiers’ admission to a crime : SC petitioned to ‘arrest, punish Karuna Amman’
By Kavindya Perera
Kaduwela Municipal Councillor Boseth Kalahepathirana filed a Fundamental Rights Petition seeking a Supreme Court directive to the acting IGP Chandana D. Wickramaratna, to apprehend Leader of the Tamil United Freedom Front and former Eastern Military Leader of LTTE, Vinayagamurthy Muralitharan, alias Karuna Amman, and to enforce the law.
Attorney General Dappula De Livera, IGP Wickramaratne and Karuna Amman have been named as respondents.
The petitioner has stated that while addressing a public meeting in Digamadulla on 19 June, Karuna Amman had claimed that he is more dangerous than COVID-19 and that he had killed 2,000-3,000 Sri Lankan soldiers in one night at Elephant Pass.
The petitioner has told the SC that through this statement, Amman has committed offences under Sections 293 and 294 of the Penal Code, as well as the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Act. Kalahepathirana has said that according to Section 17(1) of the Evidence Ordinance, this constitutes an acceptance of and a confession to a crime and therefore, the law should be enforced against Karuna Amman.