Colombo: Sri Lanka`s top defence official
challenged international rights groups on Tuesday to produce
evidence of war crimes allegedly committed in the final months
of the country`s civil war.
Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse said those making
the allegations should present evidence before Sri Lankan
courts instead of talking to the international media.
"If there is evidence, it can be brought to the notice
of the established Sri Lankan judicial system," Rajapakse told
the Sinhalese-language Lankadeepa newspaper. "They can even go
through lawyers and inform the police."
Sri Lanka has consistently resisted international calls
to probe allegations that thousands of Tamil civilians were
killed during the final months of fighting against the Tamil
Tiger rebels last year.
"I challenge them to produce evidence (of war crimes).
There is no point in giving photographs and videos to the
media. We have an established legal system. Use it," Rajapakse
His remarks came ahead of visit to the island by UN
chief Ban Ki-moon`s top political adviser, Lynn Pascoe, and a
top Japanese envoy, Yasushi Akashi.