TORONTO— The Sri Lankan military lashed out Sunday at an army deserter who has fled to Canada and claimed his superiors ordered him to place a bomb at the home of a well-known opposition Member of Parliament.
While the defence ministry confirmed the captain had gone AWOL, it said his account of being ordered to plant explosives was a lie by “a man of dubious repute and questionable integrity towards his motherland.”
The ex-captain’s allegations of abuses committed by the Sri Lanka Army during the island nation’s conflict with Tamil rebels surfaced at his refugee hearing in Winnipeg and were first reported last week by the National Post.
The military responded on its website with a statement that attacked the deserter’s credibility but that also confirmed the general outline of his army career that he had provided to Canadian refugee officials.
“During his stay in the army…
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