Sri Lanka execution video ‘authentic’


A UN envoy has concluded that video footage allegedly showing Sri Lankan troops executing Tamil Tiger fighters last year is authentic and has urged Colombo allow an impartial investigation. Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, told Al Jazeera on Thursday that the video – aired on Britain’s Channel 4 in August 2009 – was authentic. “Sri Lanka has consistently denied the authenticity of the footage, but two of their investigators were members of the Sri Lankan military,” Alston said. “That is why I decided to commission an independent report by experts with no connection to the conflict.”The footage was shot during the final stages of the Sri Lankan army’s battle against the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).