Sri Lanka president defiant over war crimes allegations

Article Date: 
22 May 2009

Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse on Friday brushed off calls for an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by government troops in their offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels.

In a defiant speech delivered just hours before the arrival of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the president said he was even "ready to go to the gallows" as a consequence of defeating the separatist guerrillas.

Article Author: 
Mel Guanasekera
Article Source: 
AFP