Wednesday, October 7, 2015

4 Soldiers convicted in Sri Lanka civilian court

The BCC reports that four Sri Lankan soldiers have been convicted in civilian court of raping Tamil women in 2010. Excerpt:
"A lengthy jail term was given because these soldiers brought the military into disrepute," judge Manickavasagar Illancheliyan was quoted as saying. 
'Extremely rare' 
Each of the soldiers was ordered to pay 500,000 Sri Lankan rupees (£2,300; $3,600) to the victim, a 27-year-old mother of two, as compensation. 
They were also ordered to pay 100,000 rupees to a neighbour who was sexually abused by the men.  
The Sri Lankan government has rejected the formation of a hybrid international court to try war crimes committed during the final stages of the civil war. 
Three of the four were present in court, with the other was tried in absentia. 
Prosecutions of security personnel for sex crimes are extremely rare in Sri Lanka, says the BBC's Azzam Ameen in Colombo.

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