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Viewing cable 09COLOMBO830, DOCTORS FROM NO-FIRE ZONE RELEASED ON BAIL

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09COLOMBO830 2009-08-24 13:01 2010-12-16 21:09 SECRET Embassy Colombo
VZCZCXRO9628
OO RUEHBI
DE RUEHLM #0830 2361334
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
O 241334Z AUG 09
FM AMEMBASSY COLOMBO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 0429
INFO RUEHKA/AMEMBASSY DHAKA PRIORITY 1863
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD PRIORITY 8883
RUEHKT/AMEMBASSY KATHMANDU PRIORITY 7122
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY 5099
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI PRIORITY 3256
RUEHNY/AMEMBASSY OSLO PRIORITY 5056
RUEHOT/AMEMBASSY OTTAWA PRIORITY 1335
RUEHSM/AMEMBASSY STOCKHOLM PRIORITY 0593
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO PRIORITY 4166
RUEHCG/AMCONSUL CHENNAI PRIORITY 9462
RUEHBI/AMCONSUL MUMBAI PRIORITY 6763
RUEHON/AMCONSUL TORONTO PRIORITY 1262
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 3694
RHHMUNA/HQ USPACOM HONOLULU HI PRIORITY
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS PRIORITY
RHEHAAA/NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHDC PRIORITY
Monday, 24 August 2009, 13:34
S E C R E T COLOMBO 000830 
SIPDIS 
DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INSB 
EO 12958 DECL: 08/23/2019 
TAGS PGOV, PREL, PREF, PHUM, EAID, MOPS, CE 
SUBJECT: DOCTORS FROM NO-FIRE ZONE RELEASED ON BAIL 
REF: COLOMBO 695
Classified By: CHARGE D’AFFAIRES JAMES R. MOORE. REASONS: 1.4 (B, D)
1. (S) Four government doctors, held by the police Criminal Investigation Division (CID) since the end of the war in May for allegedly filing false reports on civilian casualties in the No-Fire Zone during the last several months of the war, were released on bail today. XXXXXXXXXXXX
2. (S) The doctors XXXXXXXXXXXX had been pressured to give the press conference held in early July (reftel), where they recanted all the statements they had made from the No-Fire Zone. They said they were heavily coached for the press conference, given specific lines to say, and even practiced with several members of the local media beforehand. They said they XXXXXXXXXXXX had not lied when giving their original statements during the war.
3. XXXXXXXXXXXX.
4. XXXXXXXXXXXX
5. (S) Comment: The release of the four doctors is a welcome step by the GSL, but clearly they remain under investigation by the CID and now also are potentially under threat of abduction or extrajudicial killing. Post will continue to monitor the situation very closely, but for now the doctors appear to want to maintain as low a profile as possible, without undue attention brought to them either in Sri Lanka or internationally. End Comment. MOORE