Sri Lankan of­fi­cial de­nies charges of tor­ture and rape

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Sri Lanka’s de­fense min­is­ter de­nied Tues­day that his coun­try com­mit­ted tor­ture and rape of sus­pected rebels, as charged by more than 50 men of the is­land’s Tamil eth­nic mi­nor­ity who are seek­ing po­lit­i­cal asy­lum in Europe.

Kapila Waid­yaratne called the claims of abuses “base­less and un­founded.”

“The gov­ern­ment of Sri Lanka is for zero tol­er­ance with re­gard to sex­ual abuse and so on,” Waid­yaratne told The As­so­ci­ated Press as he at­tended the U.N. Peace­keep­ing De­fense Min­is­te­rial con­fer­ence in Van­cou­ver.

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