Responding to the transfer of Nishantha Silva, Officer-in-Charge at the Criminal Investigations Department and key investigator in high-profile human rights cases, Amnesty International’s South Asia Researcher, Thyagi Ruwanpathirana, said:
“We are concerned by the seeming interference by the authorities into investigations concerning high-profile human rights investigations, including enforced disappearances and attacks against journalists.
“The authorities must ensure that the current political situation does not impede ongoing criminal investigations into these cases on any grounds whatsoever. Justice in these cases is long overdue and must not be delayed any further.”
Justice in these cases is long overdue and must not be delayed any further
Nishantha Silva was investigating the assassination of Lasantha Wickrematunga, Editor of the Sunday Leader, and other attacks on journalists, including Keith Noyahr. Silva is also an investigator in a case before the Colombo Fort Magistrate involving the disappearances of 11 youth in 2008, where Navy officers are implicated.