The Sri Lankan military yesterday rejected the latest report compiled by Public Interest Advocacy Centre which claimed that the Sri Lankan armed forces had systematically destroyed evidence of alleged mass killings during the last stages of the conflict.
Military spokesman Ruwan Wanigasooriya told Reuters news agency that the report was baseless. He also cast doubts about the accuracy of the document's eyewitness accounts, and claims that the military removed evidence of war crimes such as mass graves.
"Do you think we could have unearthed skeletal remains which are in the villages where people are also resettled now and destroy the evidence?" Wanigasooriya told Reuters.
Meanwhile speaking to Daily News, Brigadier Wanigasooriya said the report contained nothing new except the allegations that the LTTE Diaspora and its supporters have been making for the last five years.
He said the military forces have never been hesitant to take disciplinary action against any soldier or officer, if such incidents are reported to the military with credible evidence and the army is always willing to inquire into any allegation leveled against the soldiers or officers, whenever they are made backed by evidence.
"Discipline in the military is maintained at the highest level. We are the first to take action against army personnel or officers, if there are allegations of human rights violations at the hands of the Sri Lanka forces," he said.
Brigadier Wanigasuriya questioned the credibility of this expert panel where the former UN spokesman Gordon Weiss was involved. He said that this project called International Crimes Evidence Project was conducted by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in Australia with a hidden agenda in mind in the run up to the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva.