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Reuters

By RANGA SIRILAL
COLOMBO, July 8 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan government doctors who gave civilian casualty figures to the media in the final months of the island nation’s 25-year war recanted on Wednesday after spending weeks under arrest.

The doctors’ statements that thousands were being killed raised diplomatic pressure on Sri Lanka to slow its assault in the final phase, fuelled a hotly contested propaganda duel and prompted Western calls for a war crimes probe.

Five doctors now in the custody of the Criminal Investigation Department said they were under pressure from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) separatists to give out exaggerated figures of people killed in military shelling. (more…)

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