Basil Rajapaksas remarks came while addressing reporters in Jaffna to launch Sri Lanka Peoples Party (SLPP), the new party of the Rajapaksa loyalists who want to breakaway from President Maithripala Sirisenas Sri Lanka Freedom Party.
“Our troops did not do war crimes. There may have been individuals who did the crime,” Basil said in Jaffna, the first visit since January 2015 when Mahinda Rajapaksa was voted out of power in the presidential election.
The government is facing mounting international pressure to hold accountable those responsible for the alleged war crimes.
Three successive UN Human Rights Council resolutions have urged for independent international investigations into war crimes blamed both on the government troops and the LTTE.
The LTTE, which led the violent separatist war for a separate Tamil homeland, was finally crushed by the Lankan military in 2009 with the death its leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.