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Army says C4 video targets HRC

2014 Mar 14

The army says the latest Channel 4 video on the war in Sri Lanka is aimed at gathering support against Sri Lanka at the ongoing UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva.

Army spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya, while rejecting the allegations raised in the new video, said that the British television channel had on previous occasions as well aired similar videos on Sri Lanka.

He said the new video attempts to claim that war crimes had taken place in Sri Lanka, a claim which the army spokesman says is baseless.

The new video shows the faces of men dressed in army uniform seemingly abusing the bodies of dead women, suspected to be LTTE cadres.

Government spokesman, Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that when Channel 4 showed a video last year during the UN Human Rights Council session the Government knew another one will surface again this year.

Callum Macrae, the producer of the new video, says  there is no confirmation as to when exactly the new video was filmed – but it was at some point in the last two or three years of the war. It was filmed by a soldier on a mobile phone and its shows Sinhala-speaking soldiers – their uniforms suggest they may be special forces – who are laughing and cheering, as they celebrate the deaths of the Tiger fighters.

He says the images were examined by the leading forensic pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd and that he concluded that the injuries shown are genuine and that this footage was not faked, but he also expressed surprise that the bodies showed few signs of the kind of battlefield injuries you might expect if this was the aftermath of a battle or ambush.

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