By Easwaran Rutnam The United States (US) says it will continue to review the travel restriction troubled Army Leader Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva.
United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo told press reporters in Colombo today that the restriction on the Army Commander is part of a United States legal process.
“We will also continue to examine it and we want to make certain we get is factually and lawfully right,” he informed press reporters at the Foreign Ministry in Colombo.
The US Department of State had in February designated Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, present Leader of the Sri Lanka Army and Acting Chief of Defense Staff, as required under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, due to credible information of his participation, through command duty, in gross violations of human rights, particularly extrajudicial killings, by the 58th Division of the Sri Lanka Army during the final phase of Sri Lanka’s Civil War in 2009.
Area 7031(c) supplies that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible info that foreign authorities have actually been involved in a gross violation of human rights or considerable corruption, those people and their immediate relative are disqualified for entry into the United States.
Sri Lanka had later asked for the United States to examine its choice to prohibit Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva.
The Federal government had actually reiterated that Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva was designated as the Leader of the Army by the then Head of State, taking into consideration his seniority which there were no substantiated or proven allegations of human rights infractions versus him. (Colombo Gazette)