Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said that Channel 4 had maintained close contacts with the LTTE and pro LTTE elements overseas and promote their interests while misleading the international community based on false evidence. In a special statement, he said Channel 4 had failed to highlight the US Military killing the world’s most dangerous terrorist Osama Bin Laden and his family but had gone after Sri Lanka because of the international funding they were receiving from LTTE sources. Several scientific tests conducted on the footage had proven that the videos had been heavily edited and were manipulated before being aired. The Government had engaged in protecting the families of LTTE cadres and the LTTE leaders as it had rehabilitated 11,000 former LTTE cadres who had surrendered as well as 4000 proven LTTE cadres who had not confessed their involvement in the killings conducted by the outfit. He also said that during the war, the army was always committed to saving the lives of innocent civilians and never harmed their lives. According to Mr. Rajapaksa, 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. Mr. Rajapaksa added that the army always behaved professionally giving utmost priority to safeguard the lives of innocent civilians and the allegation against the army is clearly to tarnish the image of it internationally. The Defence Secretary went on to brand the documentary as unfair, saying that it was aimed at destroying the Nation.
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