Sri Lanka rejects 'killing' Prabhakaran's son

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 20, 2013 03:48 hrs

New Delhi: Sri Lanka on Tuesday rejected allegations that the country's armed forces had violated human rights and executed 12-year-old son of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) chief Velupillai Prabhakaran.

Sri Lanka denied the allegations after a new documentary featuring photos of the alleged cold-blooded killing of 12-year-old Balachandran Prabhakaran came to light. The photos are part of the Channel 4 documentary named 'No War Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka'.

Denying allegations, Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Delhi told NDTV: "Sri Lankan forces never targeted civilians."

"He said the new photos are designed to embarrass Sri Lankan ahead of the session of the UN's top human rights body," NDTV reported.

A photo showed Prabhakarans' son in the custody of Sri Lankan troops and sitting in a bunker.

Another picture, that was supposedly shot few hours later, showed him lying dead with bullet holes on his chest.

Director of the Channel 4 documentary Callum Macrae wrote in an editorial in The Hindu, "These photographs, which we are releasing today, form part of the new evidence in the forthcoming feature documentary 'No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka', the culmination of three years of research which will be shown for the first time next month in Geneva, to coincide with the U.N. Human Rights Council meeting."

"The new evidence in the film is certain to increase pressure on the Indian government not only to support a resolution on Sri Lanka and accountability, but also to ensure that it is robustly worded, and that it outlines an effective plan for international action to end impunity in Sri Lanka," Macrae said.

"The new photographs tell a chilling story. This child is not been lost of course: he has been captured and is being held in a sandbag bunker, apparently guarded by a Sri Lankan Army soldier. In less than two hours he will be taken, executed in cold blood — and then photographed again," Macrae said.

India last year voted for a US-sponsored resolution against Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council on alleged war crimes during its fight against the LTTE rebels.

The controversy over war crimes in Sri Lanka deepened last year with a shocking video broadcast on Britain's Channel 4 which allegedly showed Prabhakaran's son lying dead with five bullet holes on his chest.

The footage was believed to have been shot towards the end of the Eelam war when Sri Lankan troops had executed the family of Prabhakaran.

It was touted as a 'trophy video' shot by the Sri Lankan army.

Prabhakaran's son Balachandran Prabhakaran was believed to be killed at that time.

Tamil Tigers chief Velupillai Prabhakaran was killed in 2009.

Led by V Prabhakaran, the LTTE was involved in numerous political assassinations, including the murder of Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa in 1993, and former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.

The Sri Lankan Civil War was one of the longest running armed conflicts in Asia that continued till May 2009 when the Sri Lankan Military defeated the outfit.

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