Gota rubbishes Channel 4 photos

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Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday rejecting the photographs displayed by Channel 4 television station of UK which is alleged to be of Prabhakaran’s youngest son Balachandran, questioned as to how Channel 4 could say that he is in a bunker with the military by only looking at the pictures which do not indicate anything related to the military.

“They always cut and put these pictures which they have being doing for quite sometime. Who took these pictures? They never talk about the children killed by the LTTE and also about child soldiers who were trained to go on suicide missions as well as to munch a cyanide capsule,” he charged.

When questioned whether the Military had any information about the deaths of Prabhakaran’s family, he said that himself, the President and Sarath Fonseka were informed of such, only when those who were in the field had found their bodies.

 “It was a battle field not Manhattan Street. So we did not go the next day soon after defeating the LTTE, searching for bodies. We went to some areas after a few days, a week later and to some areas even after a month,” he said.

 “Most of the bodies found around the Nandikadal Lagoon were highly decomposed and badly wounded. Therefore it was difficult to establish the identity of each and every individual. You know that we could not even find the body of the most wanted LTTE Intelligence Chief Pottu Amman, who we know died during the battle,” he noted.

Finally when questioned as to how the government will respond to such allegations which continues to surface from time to time, he said that the Defence Ministry conducted a number of analysis along with census, which provided correct and accurate information.

“These people come with the same allegation in a different manner. The LTTE network cannot collect money now so they do these kinds of things. Who is behind such things, people like Fr.  Emmanuelle who has even posed for pictures with Prabhakaran and they still want to divide the country,” he noted.
He said that people know what the government has done before 2009 and after 2009. We lost 6000 soldiers and officers between 2005-2009 and after all people in North and East knows what they can enjoy now.

 “Anyone can walk freely in those areas even the President can, he went on the road when he recently visited North. You know that we can do ten surgeries at once at the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, these are the facts that people who accuse us needs to know,” he added.

“Not even the TNA could go to those areas. Now anyone can go. Those who are accusing us should also know that we did not punish any LTTE cadre who surrendered to us. We are educating Soosai’s children and they are being looked after by the Navy- which was always targeted by Soosai as he was leader of the LTTE Sea Tiger wing,” he noted.

 “I have told the US Ambassador about what we have done and achieved throughout the last couple of years by emphasizing the fact that we need to look into the future,” Defence Secretary Rajapaksa said. (Supun Dias)
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  • Nhal Jayawa Friday, 22 February 2013 11:15 AM

    Srilankan government is not currupt at all, Only the western countries are

    willows Friday, 22 February 2013 07:58 AM

    well said Sir

    bimba Friday, 22 February 2013 11:17 AM

    Your dream never realise

    akashi Friday, 22 February 2013 12:00 AM

    for whatever said and done sir...the beginning of the end for the cabal.....is slowly happenning...THE HAGUE i presume.... via DM Android App

    RamUK Friday, 22 February 2013 11:22 AM

    But we're still surviving...no worries!

    Lobo Friday, 22 February 2013 11:40 AM

    So the development in the N&E, the settled refugees, the repaired infrastructure, re-building of schools and hospitals counts for nothing? Had the Govt not done all this you guys would have been the first to complain that the Govt did nothing.

    Silva de Mervin Friday, 22 February 2013 08:20 AM

    Good but it should not be like 'buying beautiful painting with the money raised by selling the eyes.

    haris Friday, 22 February 2013 12:00 AM

    channel 4 and bodhu bala sena having similar attitudes via DM Android App

    Funny Friday, 22 February 2013 08:28 AM

    So you think western and US people depend on LTTE money?? what an idiot you are.

    dgw Friday, 22 February 2013 12:00 AM

    well said . hats off via DM Android App

    sageeth Friday, 22 February 2013 12:00 AM

    well said sir. hats off via DM Android App

    Jerome Saturday, 23 February 2013 12:30 AM

    We understand well, that you some Tamils are still harboring separatism. If mass murder's V. Praba's son was killed , then I salute SL Army.

    Jerome Saturday, 23 February 2013 12:33 AM

    What else you expected Lanka to do ? To give Milk to tigers & to dance with them ? other than killing Tigers in wholesale ??

    Ranga Friday, 22 February 2013 01:00 AM

    Yes, yes, what else we can say?

    They always try to bully us. Are not they?

    Rohan1 Friday, 22 February 2013 09:06 AM

    Killing this boy is a part of it?

    Antony Saturday, 23 February 2013 12:47 AM

    LTTE was there for 1958 riots?

    raviraj Friday, 22 February 2013 06:28 AM

    doing good after 2009 is no justification for what happened in 2009

    widya Friday, 22 February 2013 12:00 AM

    Hats off via DM Android App

    Gorakaya Friday, 22 February 2013 01:20 AM

    Well said Sir. God bless you.

    අපිට රටක් තියනව Friday, 22 February 2013 06:35 AM

    අපි දන්නව වසර තිහක් තිස්සෙ වෙච්චි දේවල්. මුලු රටම ඔබල එක්ක
    මහින්ද , සරත්, ගෝටාභය, මුලු රටම ඔබල එක්ක.

    Manna Friday, 22 February 2013 01:00 PM

    I saw him in a video clip when he visited to Jaffna , how he reacted when a mother asked about her missing son, intimidating the mother , horrible

    Airborne Friday, 22 February 2013 12:00 AM

    Well said sir ! Well said.. no body was there in international media to talk about the innocent Sinhalese and Muslim mothers, fathers and kids who were killed by ruthless and physic LTTE. via DM iPad app

    HAM Saturday, 23 February 2013 09:25 AM

    Western politicians depend on LTTE money Ready the papers, don't believe only what you want to think. It is public record that politicians in the Western countries are dependent on the votes of Tamils in their countries. Miliband said as much. His only reason for supporting actions against Sri Lanka at the end of the war was votes. He lost, so did the LTTE.

    Elroy Friday, 22 February 2013 01:08 PM

    Well said, Excellent . Hats off for Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa

    kumar Friday, 22 February 2013 06:42 AM

    The version of reply from the one who gave orders for the execution.

    Roi Friday, 22 February 2013 06:42 AM

    President has the Right and the Obligation to protect the country and the people.

    tjeyar Friday, 22 February 2013 12:00 AM

    most sinhalese don't understand Tamils feeling.So we expected these like of comments.So sinhala people applaud his comment. via DM Android App

    Abdul Friday, 22 February 2013 06:49 AM

    nice reply for those who show pics with no authenticity

    Silva de Mervin Saturday, 23 February 2013 10:03 AM

    Utter selfishness in pretending to praise him at this point as he try to be brave in this hopeless situation.

    peiris Friday, 22 February 2013 07:01 AM

    What is next? Please let us know chanel 4,How much are getting paid from LTTE?

    Selva Friday, 22 February 2013 07:07 AM

    Why can't you file a case against Chanel 4 if you are confident enough to challenge it !!!

    Zone Friday, 22 February 2013 07:08 AM

    Same stories from channel 4(You did). Same reply frm our government(We didn't do ).

    Thushara Dharmasri Friday, 22 February 2013 07:13 AM

    who cnt live pace fully go where you want (raviraj and other idiots cnt understand present situation and how live with other naibours with friendly) you only about 2009 why you cant remember 30years before 2009..how ltte treat our Innocent people. not only Sinhalese, Muslims and Tamils

    Jeewan Friday, 22 February 2013 07:10 AM

    Money works, and the corrupt western society thrives in bribes which are given as "gifts,holiday packages" etc.
    So we Sri Lankans should learn to live with these cooked up stories of LTTE sympathisers.

    Mr.Bean Friday, 22 February 2013 07:26 AM

    Four years is enough telling lies......At least now tell the truth......or face Hague.

    Political circus Saturday, 23 February 2013 02:35 AM

    Dear MR, Gotabaya please clarify.. Did you give the orders to Major General Kamal Gunaratne to kill Prabakarans son Balachandran on the advice given to you by Karuna.? This is reported today in DBS Jeyaraj blog.. This DBS blog is read by thousands of Sri Lankans and Diplomats overseas and Human rights organisations..Hope you publish this Comment Mr. Editor.. The name of the Defense secrertary should not Sullied by propaganda if this is untrue

    Thennakon Friday, 22 February 2013 12:00 AM

    I have to appreciate the efforts of Channel4 for their struggle in getting justice to the innocents who were caught in the war crimes. via DM Android App

    jacoob Saturday, 23 February 2013 02:41 AM

    banaanaaans,

    would you not for a moment think the murdered child is a sri lankan and his murder has nothing to do with you ..

    raviraj Friday, 22 February 2013 10:34 AM

    what form of authenticity would satisfy you

    Thushara Dharmasri Friday, 22 February 2013 04:42 AM

    well said sir !! we are with you till the end..dnt step back.

    GC Friday, 22 February 2013 07:33 AM

    Sarath Fonseka? What was he?

    SK Friday, 22 February 2013 10:38 AM

    Human Rights and EU, Lost GSP+. More to come.

    Gerard Friday, 22 February 2013 07:39 AM

    Cry,strike, protest......end of the day we the Sri Lankans have defeated Tamil tigers and the LTTE. PERIOD!!!!

    ind Friday, 22 February 2013 10:44 AM

    Only North Tamils' feelings. We as Sinhalese live together with the majority of tamils ( remember the population lived with Sinhalese are more than so called TAMILS). If they are so worried, how are they living with us for decades. Only LTTE poisoned Tamils have so called grievances. But they should understand those grievances are common to all citizens in Sri Lanka, not only for Tamils. But the picture given by LTTE is like that.

    SK Friday, 22 February 2013 10:39 AM

    Thank you, Silva de Mervin.

    ravivararo Friday, 22 February 2013 10:45 AM

    why this delayed statement. why there is no statement from china.

    abdulla Saturday, 23 February 2013 12:00 AM

    The truth will come out oneday.

    ind Friday, 22 February 2013 10:47 AM

    Best thing is done in May, 2009.

    Gamini Lindagedera Friday, 22 February 2013 07:42 AM

    Guys like you should provide justifications for what happened in 2009 and during all years prior that. Do you have a count of atrocities carried out buy LTTE?

    ind Friday, 22 February 2013 10:51 AM

    rather it's for votes from Tamil voters.

    MagodisThuma Friday, 22 February 2013 07:52 AM

    No justification for what LTTE did for 30 years !

    zoona Sunday, 24 February 2013 12:00 AM

    what you have done to defeat LTTE is fine. there is no other way. but what you all are doing now and after LTTE is not acceptable to humanity. time for you to focus to become good leaders than looters. via DM Android App


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