TORTURE: ASIAN AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES | FEB – APR 2014
VOLUME 03 NUMBER 01 & 02


COVER STORY

Table I – Number of graves shown by informant prisoners

Total number of graves – 26

Name of prisoner (P) Number of graves shown Numbers of graves identified(Please refer to annexure I)
R.D. Somaratna Rajapakse (P1) 13 G2, G3, G4, G5, G6, G20, G21, G21A, G22, G22A, G23, G24 & G25
D.M. Jayasinghe (P2) 04 G7, G8, G9, G10
A.S. Priyashantha Perera (P3) 05 G11, G12, G13, G14, G15
Pradeep Priyadharsana (P4) 02 G16 & G17
D.M. Jayatileke (P5) 02 G18 & G19

Table II – Location of grave sites as shown by prisoners

Designated letter given to grave site Location of area of grave
A Area behind the small kovil opposite Chemmani check point. This is a large of bare land on left side of Kandy- Jaffna, A9 trunk road when approaching Jaffna
B Area immediately behind Chemmani check point
C The saltern in Chemmani Area
D The area around Kottukinaru Pulleyar kovil in Ariyale- Jaffna
E The unused well next to the dispensary at 815 Jaffna- Kandy A9 trunk road
F Behind Jeya Building
G Behind Sivaneri Institute No. 839, Navalar Road, Jaffna
H Behind Charli Camp, Colombuthuari

Table III – Graves shown by informants other than prisoners

Grave site(see Table II) Designated grave No. Place of grave Number of bodies received
B N3 A disused and dilapidated cement well behind Chemmani check point Nil
C N2 In the bare area of open land in front of saltern Nil

Table IV – Artefacts

Grave No. Description of artefact Related Body number
G2 Nil B8, B9, B11
G3 Nil
G4 Nil B5
G6 Nil
G7 Nil
G8 Nil
G9 Nil
G10 Nil
G11 A thread (“poona nula”) and elastic bands of underwear B6
Blue coloured skirt, IUCD, gold nose stud, toe ring, black thick cord B7
G12 Nil
G13 Nil B12
G14 Kharky shirt and remnants B15
G15 Nil
G16 Nil B5
G17 Nil B10
G18 Nil
G19 Nil B13, B14
G20 Nil
G21 Nil
G21A Nil
G22 Nil
G22A Nil
G23 Nil
G24 Nil
G25 Nil
N1 Nil B3, B4

Table V – Comparison of information given by prisoners and the actual number of bodies recovered

(please also refer to Table VII)

Name of Prisoner(See table I) Number of bodies said to be present Number of bodies recovered after excavation % accuracy
P1R.D. Somaratna Rajapakse 59-67 4 5.9%-6.7%
P2D.M. Jayasinghe 11 0 Zero
P3A.S. Priyashantha Perera 16-17 4 23% – 25%
P4Pradeep Priyadarshana 3 2 66.6%
P5D.M. Jayathilake 7 2 28.5%

Table VI – Tabulated detail information obtained from the five prisoners from

August 30 – September 1, 1999 in Connection with graves

M = Male         F = Female

Grave Number, Location & Important Number ofBodies Gender Identification Nature of the grave Bodies brought by Bodies buried by Other relevant information
P1, G2,Behind Chemmani check point

  1. Rajapakse
10-15 1F rest M Couple from 48/1, Nelumkulam Rd & others unknown Former LTTEbunker Lalith Hewa, Thudugala & Wijesiriwardena Rajapakse, ASP Perera, Jayasinghe Pradeep Priyadarshana and others Attack that killed the victims occurred near grave 1
P1 G3On the saltern (two suspected sites),

  1. Rajapakse
20 All M Not known Former LTTE Bunker Thudugala Wijesiriwardena Upul & Perera RajapaksePerera & Upul 2 sleepers may be found
P1 G4,Near the admin tent

S Rajapakse

3-4 All M Not known Former LTTE Bunker ThudugalaUdaya Kumara & Wijesiriwardena Rajapakse, Perera Killed at head- quarters
P1 G5,Behind the small kovil

  1. Rajapakse
3-4 All M Not known Dug for this purpose by private Perera Thudugala Rajapakse, Perera (bodies brought in a tractor)
P1 G6,In front of the admin tent

  1. Rajapakse
2 Both M Kaithadi area Poosari’s son. Other person unknown Dug for this purpose Thudugala Upatissa & Perera Perera & Others Challey cycle also buried in this grave
P2 G7, Behind the Chemmani check point,D.M. Jayasinghe 1 M Not known Dug for this purpose Udayakumara, Wijesiriwardena, Lalith Hewa Rajapakse, Jayasinghe Alwis & Widyananda Bodies were brought from the Head quarters
P2, G8,Behind Chemmani check point

D.M. Jayasinghe

2 One M One F Not known Former LTTEtrench Lalithhewa, Thudugala & Udayakumara Widyananda, Alwis, Rajapakse, Jayasinghe
P2, G9Behind Chemmani check point

D.M. Jayasinghe

1 All M Not known Dug for this purpose Wijesiriwardena& Thudugala
P2 G 10,Behind the small

Kovil,

D.M. Jayasinghe

8 All M Not known Dug for this purpose Thudugala Lalithhewa, Wijesiriwardena& Udaya Kumara Rajapakse, Wijayananda, Alwis, Nishantha, Jayasinghe Inquire from Ilangarani & Kabalani
P3, G11,Behind Chemmani check point

A.S. Priyashantha

Perera

2-3 All M Not known Further dug an existing trench for this purpose Thudugala Lalithhewa, Wijesiriwardena& Udaya Kumara Rajapakse, Wijayananda, Alwis, Nishantha Jayasinghe Inquire from Ilangarani & Kabalani
P3, G12Behind Chemmani check point,

A.S. Priyashantha

Perera

2 One M One F Not known Dug for this purpose Lalithhewa, Thudugala Nazar RajapakseASP Perera At the scene male victimhit on the head with the body of a mamoty blade by

Nazar. Female assaulted by

P3 G13,In the compound

of the main ariyalai

Kovil (in front)

A.S. Priyashantha

Perera

1 M Not known Dug for this purpose Thudugala &others unknown AS Priyashantha Perera Lalithhewa Thudugala killed the victim nearthe grave. The victim had been detained in a LTTE underground bunker
P3 G14,Inside the compound of the Ariyalai main kovil (in the rear)

A.S. Priyashantha

Perera

1 M Not known Dug for this purpose Thudugala Perera & Alwis Thudugala killed the victim from a LTTEunderground bunker and killed at the grave
P3, G15,A well near the dispensary (No.

815, Kandy Road, Ariyalai)

Priyashantha Perera

10 Not known Not known A well Prisoner had been instructed by Thudugala to fill the well. However, a metal sheet had been put into the well. Hence, he placed soil on top of it.
P4 G16,Near the admin tent Pradeep Priyadarshana 2 Unknown Unknown Dug for this purpose Thudugala Pradeep Priyadarshana, Thudugala & Jayasinghe
P4, G 17Behind the Chemmani check point Pradeep Priyadarshana 1 M Not known Dug for this purpose Thudugala PradeepPriyadarshana

& Others

P 5, G 18,Close to the bunker line and next to the main kovil

Jayathilake

1 M Not known Further dug for this purpose Capt. Perera Hands had been tide, behind the body
P5, G19Close to the bunker line and next to the main kovil

Jayathilake

6 M Not known There was a pit Capt. Perera of the Alfa Camp, Lalithhewa There may be more bodies
P1, G20Behind Jaya building

  1. Rajapakse
5 – (could be more) M Three persons who were ( at the time of the arrest) employees of the CWE (initially 5 emp. Had been arrested 2 had been released) Dug for this purpose Lalithhewa Udayakumara & Bogahapitiya Upatissa, Keethiratne
P1 G 21(P1 G21A),

Behind Jaya building or inside the compound of the timber mill,

  1. Rajapakse
2-3 M Several persons from Achchuweli Dug for this purpose Corp. Upatissa, Keerthiratne Keerthiratne & Upatissa The victims had been detained at the Jeya building prior ro being killed. Burial had been on the instruction of Lalithhewa
P1 G22(P1 G22A), Behind Siveneri Institute, 432, Navalar Rd, Ariyalai (Former LTTE Camp)

  1. Rajapakse
8 M (1) Rana(Living on a road situated in front of the dispensary in Ariyalai)

(2) Poosari

(Living near Rana’s house)

(3) A person living in a house on Colombuthurai Rd; Others unknown

Dug for this purpose Lalithhewa & Persons of the Intelligence Unit Corporal Keerthiratne & others The victims had been apprehended by personnel manning a check pointin front the camp, had been detained

and later killed

(Rana had been dressed in longs)

P1 G23,Rear compound of the C Camp

of the 7th CLI, in

Colombuthurai

S Rajapakse

Not kmown Not known Not known Dug for this purpose JayawardenaAriyasena The victims had been apprehended from Ariyalai and detained in the camp, prior to being killed
P1 G 24Rear compound of

the C camp of the 7th CLI in Colombuthurai (near the toilet), S Rajapakse

4 or more 3 M Not known(1) Selvaratnam from Ariyalai

(2) Pathivam (Labourer) from Ariyalai

(3) Sudakaran (Labourer) from Ariyalai

Dug for this purpose JayawardenaAriyasena Ariyasenaand others not known Complains that, the surface of the pit haschanged. Has shown the

three houses of the victims to the CID

P1 G25,East Ariyalai forward of the bunker line, in front of a dilapidated house,

  1. Rajapakse
2 M Logeswaran from Ariyalai other not known Wijesiriwardena Pallepola, Bogahapitiya Victims detained in the house situated in the same compound. House of the victims shown to the CID

Table VII – Details showing dates of excavation of graves

Grave site (Please refer Table II) Location Constituent graves Date of commencement of excavation Date of termination of excavation No of bodies found in each grave Identification number of body Total number of bodies
A Area behind the small kovil opposite the Chemmani Check point P1 G4 (P4 G16) P1 G5 (P2 G10)P1 G6 (suspected to have the challey)

P5 G18 (directly behind the kovil)

N1

07.09.9906.09.99

08.09.99

06.09.99

07.09.99

09.09.9909.09.99

09.09.99

09.09.99

09.09.99

0100

00

00

02

B5-

B3 & B4

03
B Area behind theChemmani check point P1 G2 ( P2 G8) (P3 G11)P2 G7 (P4 G17) P2 G9

P3 G12

N2

20.09.99 20.09.99 B8, B9 & B10B6 & B7

B11

06
C The saltern atChemmani P1 G3P1 G3 A N3 11.09.9922.09.99 13.09.9922.09.99 0000 00
D Area around the Kottukinaru Pulleyar kovil Ariyale P1 G25P3 G14

P3 G13

P5 G19

17.09.9918.09.99

16.09.99

14.09.99

17.09.9918.09.99

17.09.99

18.09.99

00 (skeleton of a bull found)01

01

02

-B15

B12

B13 & B14

04
E The well next to the dispensary No. 815 along Jaffna Kandy road P3 G15 20.09.99 21.09.99 00 00
F Behind the Jeya building P1 G 20P1 G21

P1 G21A

20.09.99 21.09.99 00 00
G Behind the Sivanarle Institute No. 839, Navalar Road P1 G22P1 G22A 121.09.99 21.09.99 00 00
H Behind the Chardi camp Colombuthurai P1 G 23P1 G24 21.09.99 22.09.99 00 00

Abbreviations:     The letter “P” refer to the prisoner

The numerical refer to the identity of the prisoner

The letter “G” refers to the grave

The numerical refers to the grave shown by the prisoner

The letter “B” refers to the body

The letter “N” refers to the new graves identifies by the expert team other than

the prisoners

N1 – a new grave identified while excavating site A

N2 – a new area shown by an informant

N3 – a new area shown by an informant who is an employee of the saltern

Table VIII – Relationship of graves to bodies discovered and the artefacts found in the bodies

No. Site Grave No. Date of recovery Number of bodies alleged by the Prisoners Number of bodies actually found & position Body number& crown heel length Presence/Absence of clothes Artifacts
1 Pilot,At the junction between Nallur road and the road to Saltern G1 16.06.99 2 2 B1B2 PresentPresent NoneNone
2 A N 1 (near) 07.09.99 Not shown by prisoners 2, lying side by side in opposite direction B3B4 No clothingNo clothing NoneNone
3 A P1 G4 /P4G16 08.09.99 3-4/2 1, lying face upwards B5 180 cm No clothing None
4 B P3 G11 (inside) 09.09.99 2-3 2(B7) lying in the lithotomy position B6 Skull shattered while bachoeing B7 (B6) Poona, Nula and Under wear elastic bands (b7) blue coloured skirt (B7) Intrauterine Contraceptive Coil, Gold Nose Stud, Metal toering, Black colour thick cord around left wrist
5 B P1 G2 10.09.99 10-15 1, lying on a side B8 No clothing None
6 B P1 G2 11.09.99 10-15 1, lying face downwards B9 No clothing None
7 B P4 G17 11.09.99 1, lying on a side B10176 cm No clothing None
8 B P1 G2 13.09.99 1, lying on a side with legs one over the other B11158 cm No clothing None
9 D P3 G13 16.09.99 1 1, lying on a side B12 No clothing None
10 D P5 G19 18.09.99 6 2, both lying on a side B13B14 No ClothingNo Clothing (B13) Rope around left humerous
11 D P3 G14 18.09.99 Lying on a side B15 Kharky shirt and remnant of a nylone underwear Ligature around right forearm bone

Table IX – Relationship of skeletal remains to peri-mortem injuries and clothes

Body no.and estimated age and sex Injuries and photographs taken Whether clothes present or not
B125-30 years

Male

  1. Communicated fracture of left parietal area
  2. Maxillary and mandibular dentition
  3. Overall view
Present
B220-25 years

Male

  1. Fracture left zygomatic arch
  2. Fracture left side ribs 6,7,8
  3. Maxillary and mandibular dentition
  4. Overall view
Present
B325-40 years

Male

  1. No peri-mortem injuries
  2. Maxillary and mandibular dentition
  3. Overall view
Absent
B418-23 years

Male

  1. Peri-mortem fracture sternum
  2. Peri-mortem cut 3rd cervical vertebrae
  3. Maxillary and mandibular dentition
  4. Overall view
Absent
B520-30 years

Male

  1. Peri-mortem fracture sternum body
  2. Peri-mortem fracture right side ribs 1,2,3,6,7,8
  3. Peri-mortem fracture left side ribs 5,6,7,8,9,10
  4. Maxillary and mandibular dentition
  5. Overall view
Absent
B625-30 years

Male

  1. Peri-mortem fracture right ulna
  2. Peri-mortem fracture left side ribs 10
  3. Peri-mortem fracture right side ribs 2
  4. Maxillary and mandibular dentition
  5. Overall view
Present – ‘Poona’ thread and elastic bands of underwear
B720-35 years

Female

  1. Peri-mortem fracture skull
  2. Peri-mortem fracture right side ribs 2,3,4,7,8,9,10
  3. Maxillary and mandibular dentition
  4. Overall view
Absent – IUCD, Gold nose stud, toe ring
B825-35 years

Male

  1. Peri-mortem fracture left side rib 8
  2. Peri-mortem fracture right side ribs 2,3,4,10
  3. Peri-mortem fracture sternum
  4. Maxillary and mandibular dentition
  5. Overall view
Absent
B914-17 years

Male

  1. No fractures, facial asymmetry, septum deviated to left and a cervical rib
  2. Maxillary and mandibular dentition
  3. Overall view
Absent
B1020-30 years

Male

  1. Peri-mortem fracture right scapula
  2. Peri-mortem fracture left 4th metacarpal
  3. Peri-mortem fracture left side ribs 2,10,11
  4. Peri-mortem fracture right side ribs 5,6,7,8,9,10
  5. Peri-mortem fracture sternum
  6. Peri-mortem fracture thoracic vertebrae 5,6,7,

8,9,12

  1. Peri-mortem fracture lumbar vertebrae 1
  2. Maxillary and mandibular dentition
  3. Overall view
Absent
B1120-25 years

Male

  1. Peri-mortem fracture right side ribs 9,10,11
  2. Maxillary and mandibular dentition
  3. Overall view
Absent
B1220-28 years

Male

  1. Peri-mortem fracture right side ribs ribs 4,5,6,8,9
  2. Cut left side rib 3
  3. Peri-mortem fracture left side ribs 5,6
  4. Peri-mortem fracture sternum
  5. Peri-mortem fracture 1st left metacarpal
  6. Peri-mortem fracture thoracic vertebrae 11
  7. Maxillary and mandibular dentition
  8. Overall view
Absent

Table X    Chemmani – Bodies

BodyNumber Recovered from Date of exhumation (grave) Identity Gender,Age and Height Manner and cause of death
B1 G1 June 15 & 16, 1999 Provisionally established as Rassaiya Sathis Kumar Male 25-30 years 5’ 8” 1a. Brain injury1b. Skull fracture

1c. Blunt weapon assault – homicide

B2 G1 June 15 & 16, 1999 Provisionally established Mahendran Uthaskaran Male 20-25 years 5’ 3” 1a. Brain injury and lung injury1b. Skull fracture and rib fracture

1c. Blunt force trauma to face and chest

– homicide

B3 N1 Sept 7-9, 1999 To be identified Male 25-40 years 5’ 6” Unascertainable
B4 N1 Sept 7-9, 1999 To be identified Male 18-23 years 5 ’7” 1a. Cut injury ofcervical vertebrae

1b. Sharp force trauma to

neck-homicide

B5 G4 Sept 7-9, 1999 To be identified Male 2-23 years 5’ 7” 1a. Fractures of ribs and thoracic vertebrae1b. Blunt force trauma to chest – homicide
B6 G11 Sept 20, 1999 To be identified Male 20-23 years 5’ 5” Unascertainable. Possible blunt force trauma to chest
B7 G11 Sept 20, 1999 To be identified Female 20-25 years 5’ 2 ” 1a. Cranio cerebral injury and chest injury1b. Blunt force trauma to head and chest- homicide
B8 G2 Sept 20, 1999 To be identified Male 25-35 years 5’ 5” 1a. fractures of ribsand lung injury

1b. Blunt force trauma to chest –

homicide

B9 G2 Sept 20, 1999 To be identified Male 14-17 yearsundetermined Unascertainable
B10 G17 Sept 20, 1999 To be identified Male 20-30 years 5’ 8” 1a. Fractures of thoracic vertebrae, ribs, sternumand scapula
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1b. Blunt force trauma to chest-homicide
B11 G2 Sept 20, 1999 To be identified Male 20-25 years 6’ 6” 1a. Fracture of ribs1b. Blunt force trauma to chest- homicide
B12 G13 Sept 16-17,1999 To be identified Male 20-28 years 5’ 7” 1a. Fracture ribs andvertebrae

1b. Blunt force trauma to chest-homicide

B13 G19 Sep 14- 18, 1999 To be identified Male 20-25 years 5’ 4” 1a. Fractures of ribsand sternum

1b.Blunt force trauma to chest-homicide

B14 G19 Sept 14-18, 1999 To be identified Male 25-35 years 5’ 9” 1a. Fracture skull, sternum ribs and scapula1b. Blunt force trauma to head and

chest- homicide

B15 G14 Sept 18,1999 To be identified Male 13-17 yearsUndetermined 1a. Fracture of ribs1b. blunt force trauma to chest- homicide