New photos allege Sri Lanka war abuse, govt denies

New grisly photos of LTTE cadres allegedly killed by Sri Lankan Army during the final stage of civil war were released by a TV channel, prompting a strong rebuttal by Colombo.

Updated: Nov 12, 2010, 00:41 AM IST

Colombo: New grisly photos of LTTE
cadres allegedly killed by Sri Lankan Army during the final
stage of civil war were released by a TV channel, prompting a
strong rebuttal by Colombo.

Dubai-based Aljazeera television aired images of a
pile of dead bodies and execution type killings saying they
were taken during the final stages of the war between the
government troops and the LTTE that ended in May last year.
However, the television channel said they obtained the
images from an unnamed source and is unable to verify the
authenticity of the photos.

After the appearance of images today on the channel,
Sri Lanka the report, saying that this is an attempt by
pro-LTTE elements to tarnish security forces image.

Issuing a press release the Media Centre for National
Security (MCNS) said, "By these campaigns pro-LTTE elements
are in an attempt to tarnishing the image of the security
forces and the government of Sri Lanka."

The MCNS said, "It is a similar kind of attempt with
an aim of tarnishing the image of the valiant government
troops as well as deteriorating the process of the Lesson
Learnt & Reconciliation Commission (LLRC)".

The Sri Lankan government this week extended the
mandate of the LLRC, a panel appointed to examine events
during the war and make recommendations to avoid such
repetition, by six months.

The panel started its hearing in North today and the
government denied access to the BBC to cover the proceedings
without giving any reasons to do so,the BBC reported.

PTI