Government says no evidence troops intentionally killed civilians

The Government says there is no evidence troops intentionally killed civilians during the war.

Health Minister, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the Government had rejected the ‘Darusman Report’ on Sri Lanka as it had accused the military of targeting civilians during the war.

Senaratne said the Government does not have evidence to prove soldiers intentionally killed civilian.

He said that while people were killed in the crossfire there is no evidence to say civilians were a direct target.

Former United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) Ban Ki-moon had appointed a panel headed by Marzuki Darusman to investigate matters related to the war in Sri Lanka and submit a report.

The Government had in 2011 rejected the “Darusman Report” saying it was fundamentally flawed in many respects and that among other deficiencies, the Report was based on biased material presented without any verification.