The lawyers representing the intervening party opposed the request by the CID to send skeletal remains unearthed from the mass grave found at Matale District Hospital premises to China for radiocarbon dating when the case regarding the Matale mass grave was heard before Matale District Additional Magistrate Sampath Gamage yesterday (4th).
The lawyers pointed out that the tradition that had been followed until now had been to get assistance from experts in Commonwealth countries in crime investigations and requested court to refer the skeletal remains for investigations by experts in a Commonwealth country.
They pointed out the process of legal system in China is entirely different to the one followed in Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka is familiar with the Chinese legal process. They added that sending skeletal remains to China is mystifying as the legal system that is followed in Sri Lanka is the British system.
However, Matale District Additional Magistrate Sampath Gamage rejected the plea. He also rejected four petitions filed yesterday and put off hearing the case to 22nd May, 2014 (six months).