UK should act against Channel4-gota
Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa questioned the credibility of the latest Channel-4 video broadcast on Wednesday night charging that the British Government should take action against Channel-4 for airing what he called “irresponsible videos”.
In the fresh documentary broadcast on Wednesday night over Channel-4, two people claiming to be soldiers had alleged that Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa had ordered Brigadier Shavendra Silva to execute those who had surrendered.
“Will Shavendra Silva tell everyone what he is doing and what he is going to do?. They quote two people claiming to be soldiers and alleging that the executions were done by us.
These are false propaganda”, the Defence Secretary told the Daily Mirror.
“The United Nations Country Representative at that time Neil Burhne never informed us about people who were surrendering to the security forces. How can they say that the United Nations estimated that 40,000 civilians were killed during the last days of the war? The Mullaitivu Government Agent had 300,000 registered civilians and at the end of the war it was 294,000. The rest, most of them LTTE cadres were killed during confrontations with the security forces and some of them managed to flee to Canada and India”, Mr. Rajapaksa said.
“We are protecting the families of Soosai and Thamilselvan. Soosai’s family was caught when they attempted to flee the country. We could have killed them as Soosai was responsible for the death of all the sailors. We are taking care of them now. We took good care of Prabhakaran’s parents as well”, he added.
“More than 11,000 ex combatants who were mass murderers and suicide cadres surrendered to the security forces. We rehabilitated and educated them and released them back to the society”, he said.
“We have evidence that the woman who appeared in the previous video was a former LTTE cadre. She was among the 200,000 civilians who were rescued by the security forces”, Mr. Rajapaksa said.
Meanwhile Military spokesman Ubaya Medawala said the people appearing in the latest video were not from the Sri Lanka Army. “This is yet another attempt to justify their earlier video”, he said.
“None of our officers or soldiers gave interviews or voice cuts to the foreign media therefore the two men appearing as soldiers are not part of the army”, Major General Medawala said.
“These are all false propaganda developed from the money earned by the self exiled population living in Europe”, he said.
“They have attempted to tarnish the image of the security forces several times and this is another similar attempt”, Major General Medawala said.
LLRC report won’t highlight Channel 4 video
In the midst of the controversy over the third Channel Four clip on war crimes in Sri Lankan which was aired recently, the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) said yesterday that despite popular belief the LLRC report which is due in November this year will not highlight the Channel 4 videos.
When asked if the LLRC would draw more attention to the Channel 4 videos in its report due to the pressure building up on the country to take responsibility for the alleged war crimes, LLRC spokesman Lakshman Wickremasinghe said that the commission had not yet taken a decision on the matter.
“The report will mainly focus on the commission’s mandate and not the Channel 4 videos. While the report will include evidence on the videos, it will not be the main highlight, contrary to what people think,” he said.
The LLRC called on computer expert, Chathura De Silva to analyse the first Channel 4 video on alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka over a year ago. De Silva at the time chose to make his submissions to the commission in camera due to fear for his life.
Wickremasinghe said the second clip would be analysed by the commission. The third has still not yet been viewed by the commission, he said. The government has said it would take a decision on the war crimes allegations after the LLRC report is completed.
Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay has said that the international community intended to take action against Sri Lanka if the country took too long to probe the war crimes allegations.
Courtesy: Daily Mirror
sir what you need do now clean the 3forces first to avoid the dirty element to collect and punish and second assaying a honest and wise officers to the each unit not those MF if not they will continue birching around the country with bad image to the mother land and freedom to the SF to answer the those allegations than every thing will be find .all SRI LANKAN NEED getup and fight now against C4 allegations.
Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa sir!We got you right time and right position the war times.Thanks sir much our country war end.Your the our main hero.
What’s the value in talking big to the daily Mirror? If the Government of Sri Lanka has definitive evidence of fraudulent journalism by Channel 4, they should directly raise their concerns supported by evidence to the Ombudsman (or similar authority in the UK)in the UK.
The time for such an action is opportune as the British establishments are reeling under the fraudulent journalistic practices by Rupert Murdoch’s group in the tabloid industry.
The Defence Secretary’s barks directed at Channel 4 to the SL Daily Mirror will not be reaching a wide audience.
This is an instance of failure by the Diplomatic cadres located in London. They should be in the forefront defending our Nation in the appropriate forum.
The External Affairs Ministry despite benig supervised by the efficient Hon Sajin Vaas, has deteriorated rapidly in responding to events and also acting to uphold the stature of our nation.
The previous Foregn Minister performed well in charting SL’s course during the penultimate and last stages of the war. The other pointman, Hon Kehelliya Rambukwella was doing well as spokesman but sounds a bit tired and worn out in recent times.
Time for a shake-up in these critical areas.
My question is .. who is to be punished????
we all are human being the god will definitly punish on right time untill then you have to waite pls
this kind of issue cant wait and see what will happen,need to taik action ASAP if not ? will be expan
any mater need to subject to the investigation and find a solution its very clear howe this drama prduce and assits by witch person for money if wait it will be our fallt becose we dont react to the attact.punish meant not a bring them to the M-camp kill them .need to bring them in under civil law and do right thing like now what they do with SF acodaing to them.
You mean what they did for SF was right oh man who sf he was in the middle of the battlefield and destroyed the L.T.T.E so Karuna Amman Kopi, and pillayan who kill the Army and sinhalist are enjoying now what people you are dont be Modaya and Kewum Kanda Yodaya, just thing thing use your Brain