Channel 4 Releases New Sri Lanka Execution Video During President’s Visit to London
Linkedin

Channel 4 Releases New Sri Lanka Execution Video During President’s Visit to London

London : United Kingdom | Nov 30, 2010 at 11:54 PM PST
XX XX
Views: Pending
 
Sri Lanka government doing genocide in 'safety zone'?

Just as Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in London this week, Britain’s Channel 4 News released new footage that it claims shows the alleged execution of Tamil prisoners by government troops. The media organization said it was an extended version of the same controversial video that it first aired in August 2009.

“We've now sent this five minute 30 second video to the U.N. panel convened to determine whether or not there should be an independent international war crimes inquiry,” said Channel 4 News foreign affairs correspondent, Jonathan Miller.

The Sri Lankan High Commission on Tuesday issued a statement in which it said it “categorically denies that the Channel 4 News TV video is authentic.”

“Last year when Channel 4 News telecast a similar video, the Government of Sri Lanka clearly established, by reference to technical considerations, that it was not genuine but fake,” the statement said. “The present video is nothing more than an elongated version of the same video.”

In January of this year, a U.N. investigator said that the video released in August 2009 appeared to be authentic. The Sri Lankan government, however, has always maintained that the video is a fake. Following the latest release, officials pointed the finger at what it called the “anti-Sri Lankan separatist lobby.”

“The latest move coincides with the visit to the United Kingdom of President Mahinda Rajapaksa,” the statement from the high commission said. “It is no secret that the anti-Sri Lankan separatist lobby, which is behind these moves, lives in the comforts mainly in the West and (has) not contributed towards restoration of normalcy and livelihoods of the deprived people affected by the conflict. Instead (it) continue to resuscitate the separatist ideology.”

Rajapaksa’s visit to London came amidst protests calling for his arrest on allegations of war crimes. The president is scheduled to speak at the Oxford Union Thursday. According to government reports, Rajapaksa will be the only head of state to address the body for a second time.

1 of 20
Next
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse
Anuradha K. Herath is based in Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
Report Credibility
 
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
 
 
 
Advertisement
 

News Stories

 
  • UK TV shows Lankan war crimes video, govt denies guilt

      The Hindustan Times
    A British channel has broadcast a video of alleged massacre in Sri Lanka during the Eelam war showing women's dead bodies in a muddy field, a footage dismissed by Colombo as "unauthentic". The Channel 4 has claimed that at least seven women might...
  • Sri Lanka: Amnesty urges Britain to examine Rajapakse war crimes ...

      Tamil Net
    Amnesty urges Britain to examine Rajapakse war crimes allegations [TamilNet, Wednesday, 01 December 2010, 02:55 GMT] After Britains Channel 4 News aired Tuesday further evidence of war crimes, including sexual abuse, by Sri Lankas military, the UN...
  • War crimes lawyers seek arrest of Sri Lankan president in Oxford

      The Guardian
    Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Reuters Lawyers working for Tamil activists are attempting to obtain a war crimes arrest warrant against Sri Lanka 's president and senior member of his entourage who have arrived in Britain. Mahinda Rajapaksa, whose...
  • Sri Lanka leader's talk cancelled

      BBC South Asia
    A leading British debating society has announced that it is cancelling a talk by President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka because of "security concerns". A statement by the Oxford Union said that "due to the sheer scale of the expected protests, we...
  • Oxford Union Lecture by President Mahinda Rajapaksa - Cancelled

      Asian Tribune
    38 — editor The Oxford Union lecture where Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa was to address on 2nd December in the afternoon has been suddenly cancelled by office-bearers of the Oxford Student Union. Asian Tribune contacted Mr. James Kingston,...
  • Sri Lanka-Pakistan pact

      The Hindu
    Sri Lanka and Pakistan have agreed to promote dialogue on security and defence issues, including training of security forces personnel. A joint statement issued at the end of a four-day visit by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari here on Tuesday...

Blogs

 >

Images

 >
 

Videos

 >
 

More From Allvoices

Related People

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report

Most Commented Reports



Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.