Name withheld – Sri Lankan national

17.04.2023 ( Last modified: 03.05.2023 )
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Ongoing proceedings against Sri Lankan national for alleged murder constitutive of international crimes committed in 2000-2001

Type of jurisdiction

Universal jurisdiction


Name withheld, Sri Lankan national

Country of residence of suspect

United Kingdom


As the case is at the investigation stage, the suspect has not yet been formally charged. The investigation focuses on offences under Section 51 of the International Criminal Court Act 2001 (war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide).

Current status

Under investigation


The journalist Mylvaganam Nimalrajan reported for the BBC amongst other news outlets and had been reporting on election-related violence and alleged vote rigging. He was killed in Sri Lanka in 2000.

In 2001, two supporters of the Tamil United Liberation Front were killed.


On 22 February 2022, officers from the Metropolitan Police War Crimes Team conducted an operation in Northamptonshire and arrested a 48-year-old man on suspicion of offences under Section 51 of the International Criminal Court Act 2001. The suspect was taken into custody at a police station in Northamptonshire, and has since been released under investigation. Mylvaganam Nimalrajan’s family members have been notified and are being supported by specialist officers. Officers are continuing to liaise with the Sri Lankan authorities.

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