The investigation into Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda was one of a series of cases that highlighted the impartiality of killing during the 37 years of war.
Sri Lankan authorities have dropped charges, including a plot to assassinate a former 11-year-old genocide official, the country’s attorney general has announced.
An investigation into Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda was part of a series of investigations into the 37-year-old genocide in Sri Lanka that ended in 2009.
Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam on Wednesday told the Court of Appeal that the government would not continue with the case against Karannagoda, who was first charged in 2019.
A high court official told AFP that the lower court would soon release Karannagoda, one of 14 people accused of abducting young children from wealthy families in 2008 and 2009 and killing them after extorting money.
Four charges were leveled against him, including conspiracy to commit murder, which carries the death penalty.
Amnesty International’s human rights advocate urged Sri Lankan authorities to explain their motives.
The killing of 11 young people has been referred to the UN Human Rights Council, which called for an independent inquiry into the atrocities committed during the separation.
Police told a court in 2019 that the 11 victims were killed while in an undisclosed jail, although their bodies were not found.
Investigators believe that the true figure of the victims and their victims has tripled.
Police say the victims have not been linked to terrorists who are different from Tamil ethnic groups and have been arrested for extorting money from a family. Some were killed even though they received bribes.
Soldiers have been charged with felony criminal mischief.
The last days of the Tamils’ crackdown were marked by intense persecution, according to civil rights groups.
The UN says 40,000 civilians could be killed by the end of the war.