Nov 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka today summarily dismissed a video documentary released by the Britain's Channel 4 just ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that is to take place in two weeks.
Sri Lanka dismissed the Channel 4 video which shows the killing of a Tamil woman who was said to be a television presenter for the Tamil Tiger Terrorist group LTTE, as "fake" and said the Channel 4 as usual is making another attempt to discredit Sri Lanka as the Commonwealth Summit approaches.
The Sri Lankan government says Isaipriya, alias Shoba, the Tamil woman whose killing by army troops is shown in the Channel 4 video, is a "Lieutenant Colonel" of the LTTE and actually died in the final battle with the Sri Lankan Army.
Channel 4 on Friday telecast the video footage showing Isaipriya being captured alive and taken away by army troops, with hands tied behind her back. The video claimed that Isaipriya was raped and executed after being captured by the troops and not during the final battle as claimed by the government.
Military spokesman speaking to BBC Tamil Service said the Channel 4 video is a fabrication and only a special investigation can verify if the woman in the video is actually Isaipriya or just "some acting".
"We reject outright the video. It is a complete fabrication," the military spokesman said.
Brigadier Wanigasuriya says it is nothing new for Channel 4 to discredit Sri Lanka at important times such as the UN Human Rights Council sessions and the upcoming Commonwealth conference.
He pointed out that none of the 12,000 LTTE combatants either captured live or surrendered at the end of the battle had been killed by the troops but Isaipriya was not among those.
"We have rehabilitated about 12,000 (LTTE members) and reintegrated into society," he told the BBC.
Channel 4 had previously aired three documentaries showing visuals of execution of LTTE members by the Sri Lankan security forces.