A former member of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) is among several others who have filed Fundamental Rights petitions in the Supreme Court contesting the Presidential pardon granted to former army corporal Sunil Ratnayake who was convicted of eight counts of murder committed at Mirusuvil in the Jaffna Peninsula in 2000.
The Petitioner Ambika Satkunanathan, a former commissioner of HRCSL filed her petition challenging the presidential pardon and is seeking a court order declaring it null and void.
She cited the Attorney General, Ratnayake, Commissioner General of Prisons, Minister of Justice, Human Rights & Legal Reforms Nimal Siripala De Silva, Secretary to the President and the National Authority for the Protection of Victims of Crimes and Witnesses as Respondents.
Relatives of the deceased have also filed a Petition challenging the presidential pardon while the Centre for Policy Alternative and its Executive-Director Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu too have filed a separate petition.
Corporal Ratnayake was convicted of eight counts of murder by a Trial at-Bar and the conviction was subsequently confirmed by a unanimous judgment of a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka on 24 April 2019 (SC TAB 1/2016). He was found guilty of his role in killing eight persons including three children aged 5, 13 and 15 years on 19 December 2000 in the village of Mirusuvil in the Jaffna District.