Former Japanese judge suggested for SL judicial mechanism

Motoo Noguchi participated in the Khemer Rouge trials between 2006 and 2012.

October 20, 2015 10:46 pm | Updated October 21, 2015 12:09 am IST - Colombo

The name of Motoo Noguchi, a Japanese judge who took part in the Khemer Rouge trials during 2006-2012, has been suggested by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe during the latter’s recent visit to Japan for the proposed judicial mechanism in Sri Lanka on accountability.

Disclosing this in Parliament on Tuesday, Mr Wickremesinghe said Mr Noguchi visited Sri Lanka in October 2014 after the previous Rajapaksa regime approached Japan to lend the services of a former and experienced judge.

The Prime Minister also tabled reports submitted by the Udalagama and Paranagama commissions of inquiry into allegations of human rights violations and complaints of abductions and disappearances, apart from a copy of the text of the report of the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva.

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