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Lanka to look at war crimes documentary

A government commission examining the last years of the Sri Lankan civil war will look into the Channel 4 documentary that shows footage of alleged war crimes including military personnel executing unarmed men and women and dumping bodies in trucks.

world Updated: Jun 18, 2011 01:09 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

A government commission examining the last years of the Sri Lankan civil war will look into the Channel 4 documentary that shows footage of alleged war crimes including military personnel executing unarmed men and women and dumping bodies in trucks.

The LLRC’s decision to look into the disturbing documentary came as China on Friday reiterated its support to the Lanka government on not allowing any external probe into allegations of war crimes. “Chinese President Hu Jintao told President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Petersburg that China opposes external forces trying to interfere in the affairs of Sri Lanka,” Bandula Jayasekara, chief of Rajapaksa’s media cell, said via a cell phone message from Russia.

Reports said the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) appointed last year by President Mahinda Rajapaksa will get the documentary, Killing Fields of Sri Lanka, examined by experts.

“If the allegations are found to be genuine, the LLRC will take due note of all such cases and remedial measures will be taken by way of legal sanctions,” a government statement said.