Govt. dismisses AJ photos

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By Dianne Silva            

The Government today dismissed the authenticity of photographs shown on Al Jazeera (AJ) depicting piles of bodies and execution-style killings allegedly captured during the final stages of the war.

Media Minister Keheliya Rabukwella said the images were nothing new but a repetition of the channel 4  footage. “These are not new, but the same as the channel 4 footage and photographs with a few additions,” he said.

He said Al Jazeera itself could not verify the photographs and thus their authenticity was in question once more, similar to the footage and photographs that had emerged in the past.

Al-Jazeera said it had obtained the images from an unnamed source who said they had been taken by a member of the Sri Lankan military. It said it was unable to verify their authenticity.

Meanwhile External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson and Public Communication Director General Banduala Jayasekera said these were “malicious reports” that were being circulated by various parties. “This is a clear attempt to disgrace Sri Lanka and undermine the victory our forces had over a brutal terrorist organization,” he said.

  Comments - 71

  • Hirantha Friday, 12 November 2010 03:56 AM

    Kerheliya the world knows you are a mouth peice of the Govt.

    ND Friday, 12 November 2010 11:14 AM

    MR is the President of every citizen, whether they like it or not.

    Dee Thursday, 11 November 2010 04:31 PM

    Al Jazeera. Why dont you go post pics of afghan extreamist terror.

    Karthik Friday, 12 November 2010 04:21 AM

    Thats why LTTE was branded as terrorist. So now how would you like to brand this state for doing the same thing?

    jeevan Thursday, 11 November 2010 04:35 PM

    As a Tamil I am happy that there is no more LTTE, but you cant hide the innoscent deaths. If the government is hsppy with their explanation why they cant allow the forign media in to Sri Lanka.?

    Faqi Thursday, 11 November 2010 04:44 PM

    The truth cannot be hidden for ever, it would surface at one time or another, once the conscience of even one of the perpetrators
    come to light.

    yikes Friday, 12 November 2010 04:30 AM

    they have published. you just need to watch every news item on the Aj-Jazeerian channel.

    Faqi Thursday, 11 November 2010 04:46 PM

    msap - Your comment is news to many. Al Jazeera is no mouth piece of the BBC. How on earth did you come to that conclusion? Is it because some of the veteran new casters are europeans?

    Anver Friday, 12 November 2010 11:44 AM

    The truth is coming out in the form of pics and a pic is more than a thousand words. Surely, some people have to answer the question as to what has actually happened.

    Kamala Bandu Balakay Friday, 12 November 2010 05:02 AM

    Well said Gamunu, I also became very disappointed and annoyed by reading the comments of these hypocrite and foolish people who cannot distinguish the patriotism and political rivalcy.

    Samarasena Thursday, 11 November 2010 05:25 PM

    Then what are we fighting for?

    Sinhaya Thursday, 11 November 2010 05:53 PM

    Bandu sarpayage ekek wenna eti

    W.G.L Friday, 12 November 2010 05:42 AM

    you all going to get unpopular in the world specially with the western world any one can answer this if you get a scholarship to go to UK or Iran what is you choose

    tamilan Friday, 12 November 2010 06:17 AM

    as per my view srilanka should Genuinely approach this matters.
    because its too sensitive matter for tamils..

    Athas Friday, 12 November 2010 06:25 AM

    Karthik, we don't want a puppert of any other so called world leading countries.

    gotapakaya Thursday, 11 November 2010 08:35 PM

    "We are always open.Any country can com to Sri Lanka and carry out war crime investigations" said the new president of Sri Lanka.
    Then i woke up from my dream.

    Dee Friday, 12 November 2010 07:11 AM

    they do when drones whack them. not the real stuff.not the real war against terror.

    polkiccha Thursday, 11 November 2010 09:59 PM

    For god's sake if you are living in SL then you are living safely thanks to the final operation in 2009 and the SLA. don't disgrace them by siding up with PRO LTTE factions.

    cholan Thursday, 11 November 2010 11:14 PM

    God will punish the killers

    Smart Aleck Thursday, 11 November 2010 11:37 PM

    LTTE diaspora seems to be spending a colossal sum of money on foreign media personnel.

    demon Thursday, 11 November 2010 12:52 PM

    If you have done nothing wrong,illegal,,,,,, there's nothing to worry about...

    bandu Thursday, 11 November 2010 12:55 PM

    why the goverment take more tention about this???may be its true story???

    m rifai nazim Thursday, 11 November 2010 12:57 PM

    Aljazeera the mouth piece of Bin Laden - Hands off from Sri Lanka. Our Government is more capable of handling internal affairs than the entire Middle East which is marred with conflicts fighting each other.

    channa Friday, 12 November 2010 02:01 PM

    He is the Govt spokesperson for your information...

    NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN Thursday, 11 November 2010 01:01 PM

    LTTE also did execution-style killings.

    channa Thursday, 11 November 2010 01:06 PM

    All pack of lies....same story repeating ......

    Ranil Friday, 12 November 2010 12:22 AM

    Are you prepared to be at the receiving end of such fair treatment?

    UJ Thursday, 11 November 2010 01:08 PM

    Hey Mr. Rifai Nazim, Could you please tell your President do that.

    shameer Thursday, 11 November 2010 01:10 PM

    some one take a copy of a english movie & say americans are killing............... lol

    gotapakaya Thursday, 11 November 2010 01:12 PM

    no one can hide the truth.One day the culprit will pay for his sins.

    Yehiya-Doha Thursday, 11 November 2010 01:15 PM

    Al Jazeera operating from Doha. Under kingdom freedom of speech & Media. As democratic country what we have.

    michi Thursday, 11 November 2010 01:29 PM

    Bin Laden is a very good friend of Iran. Iran is a very good friend of our President. So then?

    pissu balla Thursday, 11 November 2010 01:33 PM

    The GoSL has to respond to these allegations in more responsible manner. Most of the top people in the GoSL are uneducated and they do not know how to handle a situation locally or internationally. GoSL's response to all the allegations are in the form of "All the international media lie, we are the only honest people on the earth". GoSL is applying the same theory that they use to cheat SL people to get their votes. GoSL can't run like this for that long.

    sham Thursday, 11 November 2010 01:36 PM

    i agree with u

    meranchi Thursday, 11 November 2010 01:37 PM

    western media trying to spoiled good image of srilanka ..... al jazeera always familiar with terrorist group because always most of the time telecasting bin laden video and voice massage so there is nothing special....

    Regional Inspetor Thursday, 11 November 2010 01:39 PM

    tru and wel said

    ABAYA Thursday, 11 November 2010 01:42 PM

    Where is the legal action that G.L.Peris and Attoney Gen promised to take against channel-4 ? In fact they went to lomdon to initiat action.

    ganja malli Thursday, 11 November 2010 01:45 PM

    not to worry the US killed more innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan

    Panigawatte Friday, 12 November 2010 08:51 AM

    Truth or not but Both are real culprits.

    Game Kolla Thursday, 11 November 2010 01:56 PM

    If you are innocent do not get panic

    a voter Friday, 12 November 2010 01:33 AM

    I remember many Sri Lankan sharing the link when Aljazeera had a series about LTTE.

    The new findings are appearing when they talk about Government.

    pd Thursday, 11 November 2010 02:13 PM

    yes main culprite -prabaha has already paid for his sins so were other of his leaders. other LTTE culprits wl also pay. well said!!

    a voter Friday, 12 November 2010 01:36 AM

    what about culprits in the government?

    MagodisThuma Thursday, 11 November 2010 02:39 PM

    All is fair in war and love !.

    gamunu Wijesinghe Thursday, 11 November 2010 02:45 PM

    Bandu, this is not an issue for the Government only but for the entire nation. You may think if the government has nothing to hide why bother. But this is serious and you are too are not immune from this. LTTE rump will do anything to destabilize sriLanka. They will continue to bring these accusations to get Srilanka to face human rights.

    RW Thursday, 11 November 2010 03:01 PM

    We cannot justify any of this by saying that "the LTTE did similar killings". That does not give any one the right to kill. Or pin the blame on international media or the west.

    Shashika Thursday, 11 November 2010 03:05 PM

    100% correct.

    msap Thursday, 11 November 2010 03:05 PM

    Aljazeera is Middle East mouth piece of BBC. The name Aljazeera is to make the world believe it broadcasts Muslim views. But It is same as BBC and not different. BBC is 'Boru Begal Corporation' and hence Ajjazeera too.

    Fair n Square Thursday, 11 November 2010 03:06 PM

    my friends friend is a friend of mine, my friends enemy is an enemy of mine !! goes an old saying. so where do V stand?

    Ryan Friday, 12 November 2010 02:54 AM

    Thats why we also need a kingdom to be democratic.

    Sam Thursday, 11 November 2010 03:09 PM

    And that's why it was a terrorist organization. So the government of Sri Lanka and forces are terrorist too right?

    SINHA BAHU Thursday, 11 November 2010 03:12 PM

    Just because America is killing innocent people u shouldn't say that we also can do the same thing.who ever does it WRONG IS WRONG.The culprit should hanged to death.

    lankan lion Thursday, 11 November 2010 03:15 PM

    Keheliya always has an answer for everything.everyone knows he is lieing.one day these people will be punished.............at least by god.

    chenamana Friday, 12 November 2010 03:04 AM

    well said Malkanthi. Let Srilankan media to publish everything they have. then the truth will come out.

    MR Thursday, 11 November 2010 03:26 PM

    The south very well knows how did our forces manage the JVP problem in 88-89.we all know how many innocent sinhala boys were killed during that period by the army.so its not unusual for them to repeat it.

    Haramanis Thursday, 11 November 2010 03:31 PM

    There were piles of humans bodies burning on tires in 89 in south. I wonder why no jazeera nor Four came up with footage. Oh yeah no panel to advice UN chief.

    malkanthi Thursday, 11 November 2010 03:35 PM

    Who is a disgrace to Sri Lanka and who is undermining the victory our forces by keeping the brainchild under arrest? When people don't have freedom to express their views in sri lanka, they find it elsewhere. Suppression of freedom to express views is somehow finding its way from somewhere with a dash of spices added..

    Assay Bayai! Thursday, 11 November 2010 03:37 PM

    gamunu I also like to believe what ur saying as a Sri Lankan! but I also believe that if anyone has wronged they must also be punished! so in the end Justice must prevail!

    Assay Bayai! Thursday, 11 November 2010 03:41 PM

    nobody can justify one wrong with another I suppose!!!

    k.kalaiselvan Thursday, 11 November 2010 03:42 PM

    When the LTTE surrounded the armed forces in Jaffna in 2002 they could have massacred the armed forces they did not...they are not the terrorists.

    xlntgson Friday, 12 November 2010 10:37 AM

    Not only whites, but Zionist agents to keep the past in live memory, the reminder of right to revenge!
    Selling video clips and conventional weapons!

    Sinnai Thursday, 11 November 2010 03:54 PM

    If Srilankan government forces did not violate the international law then they should not worry about these allegation. But I am sure our forces voilated the rules under the orders from- you know who?

    Karthik Friday, 12 November 2010 03:37 AM

    If this leadership of Srilanka continues, i bet Sri lanka will be a iran, North korea or Lebanon in future. In my calculation even now we are black listed among world leading countries

    Said Hussein Friday, 12 November 2010 03:37 AM

    There is enough evidence being collected to expose the truth and this will happen very soon. The International law dealing with crime will prevail.

    Said Hussein
    London

    S.Sriranjan Thursday, 11 November 2010 04:01 PM

    No body can change the attitude of a person unless he himself realize.Mr.Keheliya Rambukwela is no exemption..

    willows Friday, 12 November 2010 03:42 AM

    the only way out is let GSF free and he will defend our war heroes, he is th only one can resurrect SL


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