Channel 4 footage should be investigated
Paranagama deems it evidence, not acceptance:
British public-service broadcaster, Channel 4's footage on alleged
war crimes committed by the Sri Lankan Armed Forces should be
investigated along with five other cases, according to the Chairman of
the Missing Persons' Commission.
In an interview with the Sunday Observer, Retired High Court Judge
Maxwell Parakrama Paranagama, Chairman of the Commission said the
recommendation for judicial review of the incident claimed in the
footage should not be read as an acceptance of war crimes allegations
against the military forces.
"We have been critical of the program's failure to deal with the
controversy on civilian deaths fairly and its emphasis on the number 40,
000," Justice Paranagama said, adding however, that the persons who got
affected by the incident, .....
which is shown in the video, will care less if the footage is
original or not.He opined that the footage is just a piece of evidence
and there can be other evidence to confirm if the incident, which
depicts grave crimes against humanity, is genuine. "On that basis, we
referred the footage along with five other cases for judicial
investigation," he said.
The Commission had also criticized the documentary's failure to
report the LTTE's complete disregard for the No Fire Zone, declared to
ensure civilian safety, and LTTE's shelling of Tamil civilians.