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Sri Lanka's Genocidal War - '95 to '01
Torture in custody continues...
"Torture in custody continues to remain a major problem. Tamil trader M Jeganathan, 46, and M Masilamani, 52, were released by the Badulla High Court in January after evidence of torture was confirmed by the government Judicial Medical Officer. They were arrested in June 1997 in Demodara. The torture methods included assault with plastic pipes and batons, burning with cigarettes and covering the head with plastic bags dipped in petrol. Confessions were extracted from them under threat of torture. Jaffna resident Somasundaram Sivanesan, 42, says in a fundamental rights application to the Supreme Court that after arrest in October 1997 by the police Counter Subversive Unit (CSU), he was brutally assaulted and nails were inserted into the soles of his feet.
Complaint has been made to the Committee of Inquiry into Undue Arrest and Detention (CIUAD) that shop attendant Shanmugam Mahendrarajan was arrested by the Army at Wellawatte suburb on 11 February. No reasons were given for the arrest. Relatives have also informed CIUAD that asylum-seeker Rajendram Amirtharaj, deported from Germany in October last year and arrested in Colombo, has disappeared. The police claim that Mr Amirtharaj was released after enquiry." (British Refugee Council, Sri Lanka Monitor, February 1999)