Germany exercises universal jurisdiction; convicts a Tamil for his alleged role in Kadirgamar's assassination

Tuesday January 21, 2020

A German court has sentenced a Tamil man to six years and ten months in prison for his alleged role in the assassination of the former Sri Lankan  Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar in 2005.


The conviction was made on the basis of a statement alleged to have been made by Mr G.Navanithan, the defendant, during an asylum interview in 2012 that he provided information to the LTTE for Mr Kadirgamar's assassination.


This was despite Mr Navanithan's plea during the trial that what he said during the asylum interview had been mistranslated by immigration officials.


This is the first time that a Western country has exercised universal jurisdiction in relation to the Tamil - Sinhala ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.

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