Perumal on war crimes claims Try domestic mechanism first

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By 2017-03-21

BY Mirudhula Thambiah

Former Chief Minister of the once merged North-East A. Varatharaja Perumal says rather than insisting on the Hybrid Court for a war crimes inquiry, it would be better to initially try a domestic mechanism, as prescribed by International Law.
He added that International Law states that in similar circumstances, a domestic inquiry should be first considered.

Therefore, a domestic mechanism can be adopted as the initial step to investigate war crimes.
"According to International Law, justice should be met first with a domestic mechanism. After testing the domestic mechanism it can be decided if that can be relied upon or not and if it needs further investigations," he said.
The former Chief Minister said that reliability can be examined once the investigations are conducted through the domestic mechanism.

"It is in the premature stage and it is quite unsuitable to say that international mechanisms are necessary to assist the judicial mechanism of the country," he added
Perumal said, "First the domestic judicial mechanism should be put into practice. Therefore, at a stage where the domestic mechanism is not in practice, how can we say that the domestic mechanism cannot be relied upon?"
Perumal was the first and only Chief Minister of the merged North-East and he was the founder of Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (Varathar faction).

However, the main Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and number of other political parties are continuously insisting on a hybrid Court to investigate alleged war crimes, stating that only international intervention would provide credible solutions to the affected.

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