Matale graves: Magistrates says dates back 25 years

matale         The Matale Magistrate announced Wednesday that more than 150 human skulls and bones recovered from a mass grave were buried there about 25 years ago, strengthening suspicion that they belonged to suspected insurgents killed at the time.

The Magistrate told a court that tests show the skeletal remains found inside the premises of a government hospital dated to between 1987 and 1990. The magistrate did not explain the cause of death but declared the mass grave a crime scene.

Workers found human remains while doing construction on part of the hospital land last December. The skeletons had been buried in neat rows, five or six stacked on top of one another totaling 154.

It was initially said that the bodies belonged to those killed in an epidemic in the 1940s or a mudslide. However, hospital authorities did not have any records off bodies buried on the premises.

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