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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.


 
 

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-34+147 # demon 2010-11-11 18:22
If you have done nothing wrong,illegal,, ,,,, there's nothing to worry about...
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-69+19 # MagodisThuma 2010-11-11 20:09
All is fair in war and love !.
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-6+19 # Samarasena 2010-11-11 22:55
Then what are we fighting for?
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-0+29 # Ranil 2010-11-12 05:52
Are you prepared to be at the receiving end of such fair treatment?
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-77+163 # bandu 2010-11-11 18:25
why the goverment take more tention about this???may be its true story???
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-45+90 # sham 2010-11-11 19:06
i agree with u
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-73+66 # gamunu Wijesinghe 2010-11-11 20:15
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.
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-26+78 # Assay Bayai! 2010-11-11 21:07
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!
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-1+4 # TP 2010-11-12 15:18
I too totally agree. Well if the Govt. is sure that AlJazeera is broadcasting malicious harmful news, sue thyem for a tidy sum so that we can use it to clear some of our debts
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-16+9 # Kamala Bandu Balakay 2010-11-12 10:32
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.
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-0+3 # Api Walata! 2010-11-12 11:10
so your a person who says a wrong is a right??? wow!!!
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-8+10 # Sinhaya 2010-11-11 23:23
Bandu sarpayage ekek wenna eti
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-26+24 # polkiccha 2010-11-12 03:29
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.
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-131+76 # m rifai nazim 2010-11-11 18:27
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.
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-38+114 # michi 2010-11-11 18:59
Bin Laden is a very good friend of Iran. Iran is a very good friend of our President. So then?
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-6+49 # Fair n Square 2010-11-11 20:36
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?
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-60+39 # msap 2010-11-11 20:35
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.
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-28+22 # Smart Aleck 2010-11-12 05:07
LTTE diaspora seems to be spending a colossal sum of money on foreign media personnel.
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-10+16 # tamilan 2010-11-12 10:42
what the edvidance based for your arugment??
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-1+1 # Piripaharan 2010-11-12 17:26
What the evidence for your argument that the photos are what they claim to be?
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-5+17 # a voter 2010-11-12 07:03
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.
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-57+96 # NADARAJAH SETHURUPAN 2010-11-11 18:31
LTTE also did execution-style killings.
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-29+67 # Sam 2010-11-11 20:39
And that's why it was a terrorist organization. So the government of Sri Lanka and forces are terrorist too right?
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-75+49 # channa 2010-11-11 18:36
All pack of lies....same story repeating ......
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-18+43 # UJ 2010-11-11 18:38
Hey Mr. Rifai Nazim, Could you please tell your President do that.
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-2+1 # ND 2010-11-12 16:44
MR is the President of every citizen, whether they like it or not.
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-43+28 # shameer 2010-11-11 18:40
some one take a copy of a english movie & say americans are killing............... lol
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-29+90 # gotapakaya 2010-11-11 18:42
no one can hide the truth.One day the culprit will pay for his sins.
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-37+46 # pd 2010-11-11 19:43
yes main culprite -prabaha has already paid for his sins so were other of his leaders. other LTTE culprits wl also pay. well said!!
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-24+26 # Shashika 2010-11-11 20:35
100% correct.
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-7+18 # gotapakaya 2010-11-12 02:35
Oue true leader from the Welikada prison will soon comeout with the truth and the culprit will be punished.
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-0+22 # a voter 2010-11-12 07:06
what about culprits in the government?
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-21+64 # Yehiya-Doha 2010-11-11 18:45
Al Jazeera operating from Doha. Under kingdom freedom of speech & Media. As democratic country what we have.
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-11+41 # Regional Inspetor 2010-11-11 19:09
tru and wel said
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-3+8 # Ryan 2010-11-12 08:24
Thats why we also need a kingdom to be democratic.
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-18+84 # pissu balla 2010-11-11 19:03
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.
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-62+17 # meranchi 2010-11-11 19:07
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....
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-10+58 # ABAYA 2010-11-11 19:12
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.
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-50+28 # ganja malli 2010-11-11 19:15
not to worry the US killed more innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan
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-9+60 # Game Kolla 2010-11-11 19:26
If you are innocent do not get panic
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-7+48 # RW 2010-11-11 20:31
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.
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-4+11 # Karthik 2010-11-12 09:51
Thats why LTTE was branded as terrorist. So now how would you like to brand this state for doing the same thing?
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-8+46 # SINHA BAHU 2010-11-11 20:42
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.
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-10+42 # lankan lion 2010-11-11 20:45
Keheliya always has an answer for everything.everyone knows he is lieing.one day these people will be punished.............at least by god.
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-9+42 # MR 2010-11-11 20:56
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.
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-25+14 # Haramanis 2010-11-11 21:01
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.
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-5+34 # Assay Bayai! 2010-11-11 21:11
nobody can justify one wrong with another I suppose!!!
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-9+36 # malkanthi 2010-11-11 21:05
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..
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-0+15 # chenamana 2010-11-12 08:34
well said Malkanthi. Let Srilankan media to publish everything they have. then the truth will come out.
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-25+36 # k.kalaiselvan 2010-11-11 21:12
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.
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-11+45 # Sinnai 2010-11-11 21:24
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?
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-6+27 # S.Sriranjan 2010-11-11 21:31
No body can change the attitude of a person unless he himself realize.Mr.Keheliya Rambukwela is no exemption..
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-19+10 # Dee 2010-11-11 22:01
Al Jazeera. Why dont you go post pics of afghan extreamist terror.
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-3+13 # yikes 2010-11-12 10:00
they have published. you just need to watch every news item on the Aj-Jazeerian channel.
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-1+0 # Dee 2010-11-12 12:41
they do when drones whack them. not the real stuff.not the real war against terror.
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-5+24 # jeevan 2010-11-11 22:05
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.?
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-0+20 # Faqi 2010-11-11 22:14
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.
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-2+18 # Faqi 2010-11-11 22:16
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?
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-3+2 # xlntgson 2010-11-12 16:07
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!
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-3+26 # gotapakaya 2010-11-12 02:05
"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.
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-5+23 # cholan 2010-11-12 04:44
God will punish the killers
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-4+17 # Karthik 2010-11-12 09:07
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
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-4+1 # Athas 2010-11-12 11:55
Karthik, we don't want a puppert of any other so called world leading countries.
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-3+20 # Said Hussein 2010-11-12 09:07
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
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-6+11 # willows 2010-11-12 09:12
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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-1+22 # Hirantha 2010-11-12 09:26
Kerheliya the world knows you are a mouth peice of the Govt.
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-0+0 # channa 2010-11-12 19:31
He is the Govt spokesperson for your information...
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-0+4 # W.G.L 2010-11-12 11:12
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
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-1+6 # tamilan 2010-11-12 11:47
as per my view srilanka should Genuinely approach this matters.
because its too sensitive matter for tamils..
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-2+3 # Panigawatte 2010-11-12 14:21
Truth or not but Both are real culprits.
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-0+7 # Anver 2010-11-12 17:14
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.
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