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Lanka Army claims to have found real video of Channel 4 docu

world Updated: Jul 03, 2011 15:27 IST

The Sri Lankan military has claimed that the original version of a British channel's "doctored" documentary depicting rights violations by the Army has been found and it shows "brutal killings" of soldiers by the LTTE during the last phase of the war.

The Army said a private TV channel had found the real footage of the "doctored version" of the documentary which shows exactly the opposite of what the Channel 4 aired.

"This video obtained by a private TV station shows the brutal killings of soldiers by the LTTE," military spokesman Major General Ubhaya Madawela told BBC.

He said the "real" video's footage carry Tamil conversations opposed to the Sinhala conversations heard in the "doctored" video.

Channel 4's documentary Sri Lanka Killing Fields aired in the UK had carried gruesome pictures of executions of LTTE cadres at the hands of government troops.

"We know many of our soldiers were taken captive by the LTTE during the war. Only a very few of them were handed over via the ICRC," Madawela said.

"Now we can think that those who are shown being shot and killed are those soldiers who to date remain missing," Madawela stressed.

He said the private channel which carried the real footage had handed over the tapes to the Army for verification.

Sri Lanka had earlier dismissed the documentary as an attempt to discredit the government through a fake video.