Karannagoda denies allegations
Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran in a scathing remark in Parliament
on Saturday questioned why the authorities have not investigated the
underground secret cells at the Trincomalee Navy Camp. He demanded to
know as to why the former Navy Commander Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda
was not investigated over the secret camp.
He added that authorities must investigate as to whether people who
were detained at the said camp were in fact tortured. The secret camp
was put in the spotlight after the UN Working Group on Enforced and
Involuntary Disappearances mentioned it in their report. It was reported
that they were taken to the location by the Criminal Investigation
Department (CID) during their tour of the North and East. Meanwhile,
Navy Chief Admiral Wasantha Karannagoda yesterday in an interview
strongly rebutted accusations that there had been a secret detention
facility within the Trincomalee naval base during the Eelam War IV. He
said that during the war, renegade LTTE cadres had been accommodated at
the Trinco facility, which some interested parties now wanted to portray
as a torture chamber.
"We didn't operate torture chambers at the Trinco base or at any
other command. There was no requirement to do so," Karannagoda said.