Video shows Army killing LTTE members; SL defends

Posted By: Abdul Nisar
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Sri Lanka war crime video
Colombo, Dec 3: The Sri Lankan government has decided to take legal actions against British news channel, Channel 4 News, for the release of videos showing Sri Lankan army executing Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) supporters.

Sri Lankan government officials said that the videos were fake and it was a move against the country when European Union considering its application for extension of Generalized system of preferences (GSP+) facility.

"It is no secret that the anti-Sri Lankan separatist lobby which is behind these moves live in the comforts mainly in the West, and have not contributed towards restoration of normalcy and livelihoods of the deprived people affected by the conflict. Instead they continue to resuscitate the separatist ideology," said the statement released by Sri Lanka High Commission in UK.

The video footages, which was shot in May 2009, exposed the cruel massacre by Sri Lankan army. Videos revealed the naked, unarmed and blindfolded dead bodies of men and women with sexual comments from onlookers.

"The rest of the video is too gruesome to broadcast: women bound, shot dead, undressed; callous comments from onlookers laden with sexual innuendo. Since Channel 4 News received and broadcast the executions video over a year ago we have received hundreds of photographs and many more shocking videos depicting summary executions and rape," Channel 4 News Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Miller said.

Earlier in 2009, Channel 4 News had released same kind of videos which sparked an UN investigation to alleged violations of international law towards the end of the Sri Lankan conflict.

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