Thursday, September 24, 2009

SL Defence ministry asks German police help to probe JDS - Human Rights Minister

The Defence Ministry has asked German Police for assistance to probe Journalists for Democracy (JDS) that had reportedly given to Britain’s Channel 4 the video that alleges executions by the Sri Lankan Army.

According to human rights minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, the defence ministry has found out that several Sri Lankan journalists who had fled to Germany are involved in JDS.

Other television channels like BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera had quoted Channel 4 and given publicity to the controversial video.

The minister said that UN high commissioner for human rights Navi Pillai had admitted the video to be false when he had met her.

As Channel 4 is yet to make an apology for airing the video without ascertaining its authenticity, attorney general Mohan Peiris is now in London holding talks with lawyers on the possibility of initiating legal action against the British TV channel, Mr. Samarasinghe added.


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