Amid the entire furor over former army chief, Sarath Fonseka’s arrest, a former United Nation’s official triggered a new controversy on Friday — claiming that he was privy to credible information that up to 40,000 Tamil civilians could have been killed in the last stages of the war between government troops and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
Former UN spokesperson for Sri Lanka, Gordon Weiss told Australia’s ABC news that between 10,000 and 40,000 civilians could have died in the last stages as they were exposed to indiscriminate firing.
Weiss was posted in Colombo till December 2009. He resigned from the UN after 14 years in service and is now back home in Australia. The Sri Lankan government did not immediately react to the story.
SC to hear on Fonseka’s detention
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Friday allowed the hearing of a petition seeking the release of Fonseka who is being held on allegations of conspiracy against the government.
The hearing was held amid tight security with more than 2000 security personnel surrounding the court premises.
The next hearing was scheduled for February 23.