Despite mounting pressure on the Government over video footage of alleged war crimes that are to be aired on Tuesday over Channel 4, the Government would await the verdict of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) on its authenticity before any review of the matter, Attorney General Mohan Peiris said.
Mr. Peiris who returned after attending the UN Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva where the video figured prominently said that scientific evidence pertaining to it had been placed before the LLRC and more evidence was expected before it on the matter and a review would be likely after that.
“The report will duly be presented to the President who will pass it down to the (UN) Secretary General,” he said.
The Attorney General also denied that any Sri Lankan official had attended the screening of the film titled “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” which was shown at the UN’s Palais des Nations in Geneva on the sidelines of the 17th sessions of the HRC. Foreign media reports said that Sri Lankan delegate to the session Deputy Solicitor General A Nawan had attended the screening.
The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings executions Christof Heyns presented a technical report on some of the video footage aired previously by Channel 4 to the HRC. He said the video was authentic but it was dismissed by the Sri Lanka delegation as being doctored.