Sri Lanka war commission to review British video

Britain`s Channel 4 showed gruesome pictures of alleged war crimes during the last weeks of the war.

Colombo: The Sri Lankan commission
looking into the civil strife with the LTTE will examine the
documentary aired by Britain`s Channel 4 that showed gruesome
pictures of alleged war crimes during the last weeks of the

The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission
(LLRC) said it has already been examining documentary evidence
related to the war period, and the Channel 4 video will be
part of it.

"We will review the film and subject it to our
examining. We have been similarly examining documentary
evidence such as photographs as part of our routine procedure
from time to time including the Channel 4`s previous video,"
Lakshman Wickramasinghe, the media spokesman for LLRC said.

"So this is not a special treatment of the Channel 4
video," Wickramasinghe added.

The government`s response to the British channel`s 4`s
airing of the documentary on Tuesday was that the footage was
a mere collection of previously aired unverified evidence put
together by vested interests against the Sri Lankan

"If the allegations levelled by Channel 4 or any other
party are found to be genuine, the LLRC will take due note of
all such cases and remedial measures will be taken by way of
legal sanctions," a government statement here said.

While dismissing the content the government said the
LLRC would go into it to check its authenticity.

The Channel 4`s airing of the documentary came in the
backdrop of April`s release of a report by UN Secretary
General`s experts panel which accused both the Sri Lanka
government and the LTTE of human rights violations.

The government vehemently denies charges of war crimes
against its troops.


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