War crime case filed against Lanka's deputy envoy
Colombo: Family members of the LTTE rebels
have filed a case in a New York court against Sri Lanka's
deputy ambassador to the UN Maj Gen Shavendra Silva, accusing
him of committing war crimes during the last phase of civil
However, the country's powerful Defence Secretary
Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said Colombo would use the case to
highlight the "atrocities" committed by the Tamil rebels to
The widow of LTTE's self-styled 'Colonel' Ramesh,
Vathsala Devi and another named Seetharam Sivam, whose father
had died allegedly due to army shelling, had filed action in
the district court of New York against Maj Gen Shavendra Silva
who is also Sri Lanka's deputy Ambassador to the UN.
They accused Silva, who led the Army's 58 division in the
final battle against the LTTE, of committing war crimes.
Silva who needs to answer the plaint within 21 days told
the Sunday Times newspaper, "I am willing to face whatever
allegations are made against me or those who served under my
command in any court anywhere in the world".
The lawsuit would give Sri Lanka a good opportunity to
tell the US court of the atrocities committed by the LTTE,
Gotabhaya told the newspaper.
The paper said Colombo will protest to the UN Secretary
General over summons delivered on Silva.