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`Sri Lanka recalls war crimes accused diplomat`

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 11:31

Geneva: Sri Lanka on Wednesday recalled its deputy
ambassador to Germany and Switzerland, Jaghat Dias, a former general that rights groups have accused of war crimes, Swiss media said.

The Sankt-Galler Zeitung newspaper and ATS news agency
said the information was provided by diplomatic sources, but
the missions in Berlin and Geneva did not comment.
Two rights groups last month filed a criminal complaint
with Swiss authorities against Dias for alleged war crimes.

The Swiss attorney general`s office confirmed it received
the complaint filed by the Society for Threatened Peoples and
TRIAL (Track Impunity Always) and was examining the case.

The two groups claimed that "there are numerous
indications that war crimes were committed" by the 57th
division commanded by Dias in the Sri Lankan army`s final
offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels.

"In particular, during this time, the troops of Jagath
Dias carried out massive bombings of civilians and hospitals,"
they said.

Dias is the deputy ambassador at Sri Lanka`s embassy in
Berlin, which also handles diplomatic dealings with
Switzerland and the Vatican.


First Published: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 11:31
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