Monday, March 12, 2012

Sri Lankan government ‘executed civilians during war with Tamil Tigers’

A 12-year-old boy lies on the ground, stripped to his waist and with five bullet holes in his chest.

His name is Balachandran Prabakaran and he is the son of Velupillai Prabhakaran, the leader of the secessionist rebels of the Tamil Tigers, the LTTE.

The shocking footage of the executed boy is contained in a new documentary, Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields: War Crimes Unpunished, which will be screened this week.

A year after screening Jon Snow’s award-winning documentary Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields about the dying days of the civil war – Channel 4 have returned to the island to uncover more evidence of alleged abuse.

In the documentary, Mr Snow examines four instances of alleged war crimes using contemporaneous documents, eye witness accounts, photographic stills and trophy footage to determine how events unfolded in the final days of the war and investigate who was responsible for the carnage.

One of the most horrific scenes shows the bullet-riddled body of 12-year-old Balachandran Prabhakaran, son of the Tiger leader Velupillai.

Professor Derrick Pounder, a forensic pathologist at Dundee University, confirmed the boy was shot five times rather than killed in combat duty. Read More