Sri Lankan Defence Secretary says pro-LTTE elements have used Channel 4 to tarnish the country’s image

June 16, Colombo: Defence Secretary of Sri Lanka Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said that some pro-LTTE elements have used the Channel 4 news agency to tarnish the image of both the Sri Lankan government as well as the Army.

Rajapaksa has reportedly said that the government has received information that a fake video had been created by Channel 4 news after obtaining money from pro-LTTE elements.

“Once again some pro-LTTE elements have used the Channel4 news agency after giving money to them (Channel 4) in order to tarnish the image of both the Sri Lankan government as well as the Army,” Rajapaksa has said.

The local media has quoted the Defence Secretary as saying that during the war, the army was always committed to save the lives of innocent civilians and never harmed their lives.

Rajapaksa has explained that the lives of civilians as well as the families of the LTTE leaders, such as widows of LTTE Sea Tiger Leader Soosai and the LTTE Political Chief Thamilchelvan, who were stranded due to the war, were protected by the armed forces during and after the war.

Meanwhile, the government said it would carefully review the gruesome video aired by the Channel 4 on Tuesday night.

Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has told the Daily Mirror yesterday that the government will take a close look at the documentary and have its own forensic experts and foreign experts to look at the footage and respond accordingly.

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