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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 06.09 GMT

SLA rejects concocted Channel 4 documentary

 

Sri Lanka Army yesterday rejected the latest documentary by Britain's Channel 4 that is featuring a new set of images of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran's 12-year-old son in the final battle.

The military rejected the documentary titled No War Zone - the killing fields of Sri Lanka to be aired in Geneva at the next session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) scheduled to begin later this month as concocted lies, half-truths and speculations to embarrass the country at the summit.

Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya told media that this is not the first time such unsubstantiated allegations are brought against the Sri Lankan forces.

"Interestingly, these come up as we near UNHRC meeting and die down thereafter," he has said.

The latest video by Channel 4 shows an image of Prabhakaran's son, Balachandran Prabhakaran, sitting in a bunker with the Sri Lankan troops and a later image shows the body of the boy lying on the ground with bullet wounds on his chest.

The military spokesman said the makers of the documentary have not presented any substantive evidence for Sri Lankan authorities to launch an investigation.

"Unfortunately, it appears that the parties who float such baseless allegations never want these to be investigated or solved. They want to keep them as mysteries in order to tarnish the country's good image as and when it suits their agendas," the spokesman was quoted in the media as saying.

Channel 4 has aired two other videos similarly on alleged war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan military during the final stages of the war to coincide with the UNHRC sessions.

In August 2009 and June 2011 Channel 4 broadcasted two more video footages.

The Sri Lankan government has strongly rejected both videos saying that they were fabricated and meant to incite racial hatred and derail the ongoing reconciliation process.



 

 
 
   
   
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