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Sri Lankan leader orders investigation into mass grave

AFP, COLOMBO, Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday ordered an investigation into a mass grave dating back to a period when thousands of people disappeared during a crackdown on Marxist rebels, his spokesman said.

Mohan Samaranayake said Rajapakse will in the next two days announce an expert panel to probe the grave where more than 150 skeletal remains were found in the central town of Matale in November last year.

“This inquiry will be in addition to ongoing police investigations,” Samaranayake said.

Forensic experts last week confirmed that the grave could not be older than 1986 and not newer than 1990, and placed it within a period when the then-government led a crackdown on leftist rebels.

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